Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 8, 2017

Amazing Mauritania


Mauritania in Western Africa is officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. It counts as an Arab country.

Visiting Nouakchott mau noua

Nouakchott is the capital and largest city of Mauritania and one of the largest cities in the Sahara. This city serves as the administrative and economic center of Mauritania.

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The star attraction in Nouakchott is Port de Peche. This is an active and lively port where you can see teams of fishermen taking out heavy nets. Small boys help out by carrying trays of fish which they sort, gut, fillet and lay out to dry. The best time for visitors to visit is in late afternoon when the fishing boats return to shore. You can see many pirogues.

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The Nouakchott Fish Market is something to see with salt-washed pirogues packed with fish and seafood every morning and sellers haggling.

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The Grande Mosque is an impressive sight with slender minarets and sandy courtyards. It is a most notable landmark in the city center.

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The Musee National makes its home in a building known as the Ministry of Culture. Here visitors can learn about Moorish culture. On the first level you’ll see displays in the prehistoric gallery with archaeological exhibits. On the second floor are ethnographic displays from the Moorish society.

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A most precious landmark is the large Mosquee Marociane. 

Exploring Mauritania

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Chinguetti is a city that seems to rise up out of the shifting sand dunes in the Sahara. It is part of a larger UNESCO World Heritage Site.

236 Chinguetti, Mauritania

At one time this was an important stopover between the Med in the north and sub-Sahara in the south. Visitors come to see the brick-built towers and the old fortresses of the Berber tribes and Almoravids dating back to the Middle Ages.

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Atar is the gateway to the Adrar Plateau. This town is bordered by the Western Sahara and has an earthy bazaar and sprawling crafts markets. There are some wonderful guesthouses and restaurants.

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Parc National du Banc d’Arguin is one of the national parks of Mauritania. It is popular among bird watchers and serves as a breeding ground.

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It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find the largest concentration of migratory birds among them pelicans, terns, flamingos and broad-billed sand pipers.

There are shorebirds from Europe, Greenland and Siberia that fly over for the mudflats. This park is mostly composed of sand dunes and provides a perfect contrast between the dry desert and the Atlantic.

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The waters all around are an abundant food source for both birds and people. You can also see different species of foxes, gazelles, killer whales, dolphins, monk seals and turtles.

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At the end of a long road that stretches from the capital Nouakchott you’ll find the town of Ouadane deep in the heart of the Mauritanian Sahara. You can see adobe stone barriers, rough escarpments and winding lanes and alleys. There are Berbers with collections of crafts and goods. It is a mysterious place from where many people have moved away.

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It’s well worth taking a look at and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walking about take a look at the wadi and the fort. A small population still lives in the Old Town.

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Tichit is an amazing place with the soaring tower of the Tichit Mosque topped by crenulations and inlaid triangular window spaces. It is perhaps the most famous mosque in the country.

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The ancient city is interesting with building with colored quarry stones. It lies deep in the midst of the Sahara Desert. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Another acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site is the enchanting and impressive Oualata. Here visitors can wander among age-old sandstone frontispieces with elegant Berber and Moorish patterns.

Get a look at the crumbling Old Town and the towers of the great Oualata Mosque.

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Nouadhibou just out into the Atlantic Ocean and is a main part of the Mauritanian fishing industry. Here you can see seemingly endless docks and lots of sails and bobbing skiffs.

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Other industries in the city include processing iron ore. Get a look at Nouadhibou Bay and enjoy the sunset in seaside Cansado.

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Another great spot for bird watching is the Diawling National Park. Here you can see many pelicans and northern pintails, Sudanese golden sparrows and pinkish flamingos.

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The park is also known for its acacia woods and packs of golden wolves. There are riparian habitats where you can meet up with crocodiles, ducks and hippos.

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  1. Interesting and beautiful pictures.

    • Thank you Crystal. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

  2. Thank you for this fascinating pictures. I love the architecture of buildings such as The Ministry of Forestry. It is so playful. Buildings in warm climates always seem more relaxed in style.

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour. It takes me awhile to put this blog together and find just the right photos but I figure it helps the travel agencies and others who get exposure for these lovely places and it shows people all the possibilities for travel and things they can see and enjoy.

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