Travel Mauritania

Before planning a trip to Mauritania, it is important to note that on August 8, 2008 the president Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi was ousted in a coup d’etat headed by the military. It is advised that all should reconsider travel to this country. However, if travel is necessary then it is best to contact your embassy for further instructions.

Mauritania travel tips & advice

Mauritania is located in northwest Africa and is geographically a part of the Maghreb. Algeria, Senegal, Mali, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara border it. The capital is Nouakchott.

A few things to consider before traveling to this area would be:

  • Mauritania is not connected to the international banking system, so your cards would not work in the ATM. However, it is easy to exchange cash and most places accept major credit cards.
  • A visa is required with your passport for all countries except those holders of a French, Italian, or West African passport.
  • All will need proof of onward travel and sufficient money to cover travel expenses.
  • A yellow fever vaccination form is required before entry.

Once you are in the area, there are taxis available at the airports and within the cities. It is important to negotiate your price before leaving. Shared taxis are available but know that you are buying only a seat, which can get tight, so for a more comfortable fit during long travel, it may behoove you to purchase two seats. Also, the driver will make stops along the way when he is hungry or needs to pray.

Flights to Mauritania / How to Get There

There are regular flights from Europe to Nouakchott and charter flights from France to Atar. There are open borders with Western Sahara, Mali, and Senegal so entry by car is possible. However, please note that it is important to stay on the well-worn dirt roads that are between the two border posts. These areas are still active mine fields. You should be able to get a transit visa at the borders for a small amount of money, but double check before leaving. Find flights to Mauritania here.

Hotels in Mauritania & Where to Stay

Find the best prices for hotels in Mauritania. There are hotels most of the cities and each vary in price, depending on accommodations. Some travelers choose to rent a campsite or arrange for a home stay.

Mauritania is not necessarily the top vacation spot for now, but when it is safe to travel it is a beautiful place to experience.