Mauritania

27.09.2013-10.10.2013

Distance driven: 1016km

Days spent: 13

Distance driven/day: 78,2km

Diesel price: 0,99€/l

Money spent: 573€

Costs/day: 44€

Costs/km: 0,56€

Visa:

We got our Visa in Rabat (Morocco) on the same day with a lot of waiting in the queue.

It requires one copy of the passport and two passport photos.

Costs are 340Dirham/person (31€) for 1 month single entry valid from the desired date.

Update: Check beforehand whether a visa is issued at the border at the time of your travel as the regulations have changed again. 

 

We were positively surprised about the genuinely kind and welcoming people. Our French is not the best but that was rarely an issue as people want to communicate with you. Our visit to the National Park Banc d’Arguin was a definite highlight as we were visiting the coastal Imragen villages and experienced a great hospitality.

Nouakchott might not appear as much at first sight but is almost hassle free and we walked for hours through its dusty streets. We did not venture inland as we had planned initially but are looking forward to our next visit to make up for that.

 

Fiches are similarly often asked for as in Western Sahara so it is good to have a stack at hand for the numerous checkpoints.

 

We got our vehicle insurance for Mauritania in Nouadibhou and spent about 35€ for 20 days. Any insurance office should be able to provide the cover.

We also got our insurance for Senegal in Nouakchott at Tamin Assurances near the large roundabout towards the airport. For one month we spent about 15€.

 

Recommended Campings (prices for 2 people and a 4×4):

 

Banc d’Arguin National Park camping, Iwik – N19 53.221 W016 17.946

Very simple but clean with friendly caretaker, simple meals available

3000UM/night (7,70€)

 

Auberge Sahara, Nouakchott

Camping possible in small courtyard, friendly and helpful staff, Free Wifi

4000UM/night (10,25€)