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Discover Mauritania – 8 Days

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Duration

8

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Discover Mauritania

Discover Mauritania 8 Days: Mauritania: The country’s name is derived from the Latin Mauretania, which means “west,” and corresponds to the Arabic name for North Africa, Maghreb. The Berbers were known as Maures by the Romans. 

In 1860, the French occupied the country in close collaboration with Maur religious leaders. After the destruction of the kingdoms of Fouta Toro and Walo Walo, as well as the Arab-Berber emirates of Trarza, Brakna, Taganet, and Adrar, Mauritania became a nation. As a result, there are two major ethnic groups in the country: black Africans and Arab-Berbers. Fulani, Soninke, and Bambara are members of the black African group. The Arab-Berbers (Beydan) and the black Maurs known as Haratin are among the Maurs.

Haratins are enslaved black Africans by white Maurs. Maurs, both white and black, consider. White and black Maurs identify as Arab, whereas black Arabs identify as African. Sunni Islam is the most important common denominator. 

 The iconic scenery of the Mauritian turquoise water and lush green tropical forests will get you in love from the first moment. We will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches and scenic mountains on the island.  Highlights of this tour include; a visit to the capital city of Nouakchott, believed translation from” The place of the winds” and one of the largest cities in the Sahara Desert.

You get to learn interesting facts about the history of the people and more detailed explanations of the island, their traditions, their culture and other fascinating facts about Mauritius,  trekking on the big dunes to discover the desert beauty and you enjoy a safari drive through Akjoujt to Atar to explore the traditional quarter and the market, see vestiges of the fortress that was built in the cover of 20,000 palm trees and the mosque among a maze of rocks and many more, drive to Chinguetti the seventh holy city of Islam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the libraries, traditional quarters and oases. Chinguetti, meaning “Good horse” was established in (1261). It was on the caravan route linking Northern Sudan to North Africa. 

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capital city of Nouakchott
  • Desert dunes(trekking on the big dunes to discover the desert beauty)
  • Azougoui(the ancient capital of the Almoravids)
  • Chinguetti the seventh holy city of Islam
  • Terjit( the most beautiful oasis in Mauritania)

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE – NOUAKCHOTT
DAY 1: ARRIVE – NOUAKCHOTT

On arrival in Nouakchott, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tour orientation and overnight in Nouakchott.

Hotel: Azalai Marhaba

DAY 2: NOUAKCHOTT
DAY 2: NOUAKCHOTT

Breakfast and begin your day with a visit of the capital city of Nouakchott believed translation from Berber “The place of the winds” and one of the largest cities in the Sahara Desert.

Visit the following places: –the craft market –the mosque with its two minarets –the National Museum with its ethnographical and anthropological exhibit. In the afternoon visit to the desert dunes, trekking on the big dunes to discover the desert beauty. The return of boats in the late afternoon is an original performance, then return to your hotel for overnight.

Meals included: breakfast

Hotel: Azalai Marhaba

DAY 3: NOUAKCHOTT – ATAR ~ 430 km = 265 mi, 4 to 5 hours

After breakfast, depart for Atar. Drive through Akjoujt to Atar, Mauritania’s most beautiful region, with the country’s most impressive dunes, rock paintings, stunning oases and nomadic culture. Explore the traditional quarter and the market. Overnight in Atar.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Hotel Waha

DAY 4: ATAR –AZOUGHI – CHINGUETTI ~ 80 km

After breakfast, drive to Azougoui, the ancient capital of the Almoravids, a group of Muslim warrior monks who conquered Morocco, Spain and sub-Saharan Africa in the eleventh century.

See vestiges of the fortress that was built in the cover of 20,000 palm trees and the mosque among a maze of rocks.

Then continue to Chinguetti the seventh holy city of Islam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the libraries, traditional quarters, and oases.

Chinguetti, meaning “Good horse”, was established in (1261). It was on the caravan route linking northern Sudan to North-Africa. This road was the main access to the gold and other products from the Sudan. This ancient city was also a center of religious and cultural influence from where Mauritanians spread Islam and the Arab-Muslim culture to the entire West Africa. Chinguetti was a cultural center where theology, poetry, philosophy and law and other disciplines were studied.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Motel Lagueila

DAY 5: CHINGUETTI – GUELB ER RICHAT – OUADANE ~ 180 km

After breakfast, depart to Ouadane with a stop in Guelb Er Richat, an impressive crater, which originated from a meteorite that Theodore Monod had been searching for, for many years. Ouadane which was one of the main caravan centers in West Africa.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Motel Vasque

DAY 6: OUADANE – TERJIT – WHITE VALLEY – ATAR ~ 230 km

After breakfast, cross the White Valley to reach Terjit, the most beautiful oasis in Mauritania, where there are oasis with thermal springs and pools for bathing. Continue to Atar and rest of at leisure.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Hotel Waha

DAY 7: ATAR – NOUAKCHOTT

After breakfast, drive back to Nouakchott. Complete city tour by buying souvenirs or just stay at leisure the rest of day.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Hotel: Azalai Marhaba

DAY 8: NOUAKCHOTT – DEPART

Today, you will be transferred to the airport in time.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival at the airport
  • Transportation and Airport/ hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in the listed properties
  • Experienced and fluent English-speaking tour guide
  • Admission to all listed sites
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner)
  • International airfare and any airfare
  • Beverages, laundry, phone calls, and other items not listed
  • Meals not listed
  • Tips/gratuities to drivers and guides

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