Mauritania Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Mauritania

Where is it?: Mauritania is in northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Senegal and Western Sahara.

Why do people go here?: With its huge size, small population and endless desert, Mauritania is not a traveler’s destination. Those adventurous travelers who come to Mauritania will appreciate how exotic and isolated the country is from the world.

What are the main entry points?: There are flights between Paris and other West Africa countries. You can cross from the Western Sahara, although it’s best to check the security situation in Morocco first.

Currency used: Ouguiya

Country Code for Phones: 222

Other Phone Tips: Good luck finding a phone.

Religion: Sunni Muslim 100%

Population: 3.2 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Mixed Moor and Black 40%, Moor 30%, Black 30%

Government: Military junta

Languages: Arabic, Pular, Soninke, Wolof

Travel Information

Major Cities: Nouakchott

Attractions: Arguin Bank National Park

Tourism Office locations and links: Mauritania Links

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Since Mauritania is isolated, anywhere you go is the path less traveled. Try visiting Tichit, if you really want to go to the middle of nowhere.

Health Issues: No major health risks

When to go: Mauritania is a country consumed with sand and no rain. As imagined, it’s very hot year-round. Try traveling from December to February if you want to escape the heat.

Common Phrases: Greetings: Salam Aleikum, Greetings (response): wa aleikum as-salam, Thank You: Shukran, How much?: kem?, Yes: nam, No: nam

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day: 28 November

Getting Around: Taxis are the best way to get around and are affordable. You can also hitch on trucks but they tend to be slow

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Mauritania is the Nouakchott International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Mauritania travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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