November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Mauritania

Located in the northern West African region, Mauritania is a sovereign state which dominates the Sahara desert belt. It forms a greater part of the West African region. The bulk of Mauritania’s large area is made up of the world famous Sahara Desert, while the country’s west coast hugs the Atlantic Ocean. The large contrast between these diverse environments means that there is plenty for travelers to see and do. The beaches on the west coast are a worthy break from the humming interior city of Nouakchott, while various medieval sites, including Chinguetti, offer amazing views of ancient buildings, some of which are considered to be national symbols. The country’s many desert mosques are some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in all of  West Africa. Although this country is located in a desert region, it offers more than any one could imagine in terms of cultural diversity, attraction sites and some of the ancient domestic scenery that are captivating and quite an experience to undertake.

The main fascination lies in the spectacular and breathtaking sites that offer epic sand dunes, the massive green oases and eye-catching plateaus stretched vehemently on Mauritania’s Adrar region landscapes giving this country a fresh breath. Moreover, Mauritania retains its top attraction aspect with the biggest monolith found nowhere in Africa but only in Mauritania.

Mauritania’s rainy season lasts from July to September; average rainfall during the year is about 20 to 23 inches (51 to 58.5 centimeters.) Mauritania is also a recipient of the harmattan, a trade wind that blows from the Sahara, bringing with it sand and limited visibility. The best times to visit Mauritania are between March through June, when the weather is generally calmer.

Finally, Mauritania doesn’t stop at giving the best destination for tourist stop. When visiting the  Tagant region, you will be blasted by the secrets that hold the ancient and world heritage caravan history. Till now the caravan feast is a major event in the coastal Parc National Du Banc d’Arguin, drawing migratory birds and creating a scenic bird watching environment which is fascinating in nature. Mauritania still holds some of the greatest attractions in West Africa regardless of its location.





Destinations in Mauritania

  • Nouakchott

    Nouakchott the capital city of Mauritania was founded at the site of a small colonial...

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Quick facts

  • Official name
    The Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Location
    Mauritania is a Maghreb nation located in north-West Africa, bordered by Western Sahara to the northwest and Algeria to the northeast, Senegal to the southwest, Mali to the east and the west overlooks the Atlantic Ocean
  • Government
    Semi-presidential. Republic
  • Dialing code
  • Climate weather
  • Population
    3,516,806 on 1,030,700 km²
  • Official language
    Arabic (Hassaniyya)
  • Other major languages
    Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof, French
  • Currency
    Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    EUR (€), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    Visa (takes less than 8-14 days to process); Yellow Fever certificate required for travelers coming from countries with risk of transmission, but recommended for all. (For more information, visit -