Mauritania, although not very widely visited, is an awe-inspiring country. Between the sand and the sea, you almost feel like you're in a different world. Part of the Western Sahara, Mauritania is home to countless deserts. Three quarters of the country is covered by either desert or semi-desert, meaning the climate is exceedingly dry. A hiker's paradise, the dunes continue for miles until you reach the capital of Nouakchott on the Atlantic coast. Tradition is very important in Mauritania and visitors are sure to have an authentic experience of the Maghreb North African region.
Security: the FCO advises against all travel to Mauritania's provinces of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh el Chargui, Dakhlet-Nouadhibou and Inchiri (with the exception of the Nouakchott - Nouadhibou corridor). See full official website.
Explore the magnificent Banc d'Arguin National Park if you get the opportunity. Travel along the coastlinea, which stretches for 110 miles, from Cape Timirist, south of Levrier Bay, to Nouadhibou. In Nouadhibou, go deepsea fishing and check out the eerie seascape scattered with dozens of rusty shipwrecks that sit around Nouadhibou harbour. In Oualata, admire the wonderfully restored city, from the trans-Saharan caravan road to the far reaches of the desert. A city rich in cultural heritage, visitors will be sure to get an authentic experience when visiting. The sale, consumption and importing of alcohol is against the law, so take note when packing.
Mauritania is called the 'Islamic Republic of Mauritania' for a reason: the majority of Mauritanians are Sunni Muslims. The Moors' conception of Islam is less tolerant than Black people's; it is therefore preferable to respect their customs and religious traditions.
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