||probably in November 2011
· Breakfast, lunch and dinner(not including alcoholic beverages)
· Camping gear
· Transportation in a 4x4 vehicle
· English-/French-speaking accompanying guide
||· Air ticket (check
· Visa for Mauritania
· Travel insurance
· Any other unspecified costs
|Price for 30 days:
||ARRIVAL AT DAKAR
Airport pickup and transfer to hotel.
Night in Dakar.
||DAKAR – NOUAKCHOTT
Early morning departure to cross the border between Senegal and
Mauritania by boat and reach Nouakchott at night. Hotel accommodations
In the morning, we will go to the fishing port to enjoy its special
atmosphere and then visit the Museum. In the afternoon, we will visit
the bustling Nouakchott markets. Night at the hotel.
||NOUAKCHOTT - TOUILIT - NOUAMGHAR -
We will leave Nouakchott going up the coast, passing the “Great
Dune”. Depending on the time of day, we may have to wait for the
tide to go out in order to drive past this stretch to reach the fishing
town of Touilit, with its colorful canoes at the edge of the sea.
Following a stop in Touilit, we will move on to Nouamghar and finally
Timirist, at the entrance of Banc d’Arguin National Park. Lodging
||BANC D'ARGUIN - LOUIK
Banc d’Arguin is one of the most important natural parks in the
world for migratory birds. The park stretches along approximately 200
kilometers of coastline and includes several islands. We will visit the
park and sail with the Imragen, a Black community of fishermen, in
their rudimentary sailboats. Depending on the time of year, we will see
how they fish aided by dolphins. We will also observe the different
flocks of birds that populate these islands. Lodging at a guesthouse in
||LOUIK - NOUADHIBOU
From Louik, we go up into the desert at Nouadhibou, the second largest
city in Mauritania, dedicated primarily to fishing and mining commerce.
We will visit Cap Blanc, an extension of the Banc d’Arguin Park,
where monk seals which are in danger of extinction, can be seen.
Accommodations at a hotel.
||NOUADHIBOU - CHOUM
We leave Nouuadhiibou for Choum venturing onto the “Train of the
Desert,” the longest (over 2 kilometers), heaviest train in the
world. It carries iron and minerals from Zouerate to the port at
Nouadhibou. In Choum, we will admire the white clay decorations on the
houses painted by the women with their fingers. Lodging in haimas.
||CHOUM - TERJIT
From Choum, we will move on along a lovely track to Terjit, at the foot
of the Mauritanidas mountain range, where an oasis with thermal springs
and marvelous pools awaits us for bathing. Lodging at a guesthouse with
||TERJIT - AZOUGUI - ATAR - CHINGUETTI
Leaving Terjit, first we will visit Azougui, the ancient capital of the
Almoravids who trekked to Spain in the eleventh century. This is now a
sacred site housing the tomb of Imam El-Hadrami. In the afternoon, we
will go via Atar to Chinguetti, the seventh holy city of Islam,
declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Lodging at a guesthouse.
||CHINGUETTI - OUADANE
From Chinguetti, our journey will take us across 120 km of fesh-fesh,
the true sand dune desert with no tracks, where we will experience the
isolation of the lost cities of the desert. Once we arrive in Ouadane,
we will visit the museum that displays the surprisingly glorious past
of this country. Lodging at a guesthouse with haimas.
||OUADANE - TINIGUI
In the morning we will ride on camels and then we will leave for
Tinigui where a family of marabouts lives next to an
“enchanted” well. The marabouts are dedicated to curing the
possessed and the ill with their effective techniques. Lodging at a
guesthouse with haimas.
||TINIGUI - AMOGJAR - ATAR
Leaving Tinigui, we reach Amogjar. In the Amogjar canyon, we will see
prehistoric paintings from the time when there were elephants, giraffes
and other animals now extinct in this area. Afterwards, we will head
for Atar, the current capital of the Adrar region, which is home to the
largest, most colorful market in the region with its exotic products,
typical to Saharan trade. Lodging at a guesthouse.
||ATAR - TAGANT DESERT
After preparing for the next few days’ journey, we will leave for
the Tagant Desert. Lodging in a haima.
We will cross the desert and mountains, dunes and plains experiencing
the total silence of the desert. Lodging in a haima.
||TAGANT DESERT - TIDJIKJA
Following the unforgettable desert crossing, we reach Tidjika, a city
founded in 1680 by the Moorish tribe “Idawali”. Tidjikja
has a special architectural style, its buildings adorned with geometric
paintings and gargoyles. In Tidjikja we will also take a ride around
the largest palm grove in Mauritania. Lodging at a guesthouse.
||TIDJIKJA - LEKHCHEB
Leaving Tidjikja, on the way to Tichit, we take a practically invisible
track to Lekhcheb, village built around wells. Lodging in haimas.
||LEKHCHEB - ZIG
The theme of these travel days being "from dune to dune and well to
well", we make our way to Zig. Our visit will be a grand event for the
guardian of its well as, he lives in great solitude and receives very
few visitors. Lodging in haimas.
||ZIG - TICHIT
From Tidjikja, our journey will take us to Tichit, a city filled with
history, where we will see well-preserved houses with the typical doors
and decorations Tagant. The city is divided into two areas: in the
north reside the Shurfas in their houses of green stone and in the
south, reside the Masana in their red houses. Lodging in haimas.
||TICHIT - ARATANE - TAGOURARET
In order to reach Oualata tomorrow, we will leave Tichit and travel
along a series of mountains called Dhar Tichit and Dhar Oualata.
Aratane and Tagouraret are small oases where water is not always
available. Lodging in haimas.
||TAGOURARET - OUALATA
From Tagouraret we continue to
Oualata, considered to be the most beautiful city in Mauritania because
of the spectacular decorations on the houses in the old quarter.
Besides having been an important center for caravans, it is still home
to one of the most important Quranic schools in the Islamic world,
which exclusively admits only twenty students. Lodging in haimas.
We will spend the day in this city to
discover all of its charms and rest up from the rough desert roads.
Lodging in haimas.
||OUALATA - NEMA - AYOUN - KIFFA
From Oualata, we will head for Nema,
the beginning or the end of the “Road of Hope,” the name of
the asphalted road from Nouakchott to Nema. From there, we will travel
to Ayoun, the capital of the Hodh el-Gharbi region. In the afternoon,
we end the day in Kiffa, the capital of the region of Assaba, where
there is a lovely market, famous for its local handicrafts. Lodging at
||KIFFA – SELIBABI
From Kiffa, we will leave the
“Road of Hope” behind to set off on the road to Selibabi, a
city at the southern point of Mauritania, between Senegal and Mali,
where the atmosphere is very different from what we will have seen up
to now. Accommodations in haimas.
||SELIBABI - KAEDI
From Selibabi, we will move on to
Kaédi, a city on the banks of the Senegal River, where the Black
African culture of the Sahel region predominates over that of the
Moorish culture. This is especially evident in the allure of its
marketplace. Lodging at a guesthouse.
We will spend this day traveling by
canoe. We will go down the Senegal River for several hours observing
the lifestyle, very different from that of the desert, along the shores
of this enormous river. Lodging at a guesthouse.
||KAÉDI - BOGUÉ - ROSSO -
We leave Kaédi to set out on
the trip back through Bogué and Rosso to later reach Keur
Massène, a village in the hunting region. Lodging in haimas.
||KEUR MASSÈNE - PARQUE DIAWLING
- ST. LOUIS
In the morning, we will visit Diawling
Natural Park and take a swim in the Atlantic. We will then cross the
border and head to St. Louis, a French colonial style city located on
an island in the middle of the Senegal River. The city is connected to
the mainland by a bridge built by the famous architect, Eiffel. Lodging
at a guesthouse.
||ST. LOUIS – DAKAR
After strolling though St. Louis, we
will head back to Dakar, where we will have time to enjoy the warm
ambience of the city. Lodging at a guesthouse.
We will visit the island of Gorée, a historic slave trade site,
and we will take a walk through the wonderful market of Dakar. At
night, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
||RETURN TO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
- All of Mauritania (30 days)
|· Passport with minimum six
· Obligatory visa for Mauritania
· Obligatory record of vaccination against yellow fever
· Travel insurance.
|Because we operate internationally, it is
impossible for us to offer travel insurance, particularly due to the
repatriation clause in the event of illness. Insurance in Mauritania is
not very reliable, so we request that you purchase the obligatory
travel insurance in your country of origin.
will find Mauritanian embassies at the locations on our list of Embassies.
|You must have a record of vaccination against
yellow fever. As for other preventative measures, such as anti-malaria
treatments, etc., we recommend that you contact the Foreign Health
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