Welcome to an exciting Mauritania overland expedition covering the best and most remote areas. It is limited space for a small group of explorers and active travelers overland tours to Mauritania. The best cultural and natural Mauritania discoveries are scheduled for 2022 and 2023.
Welcome to Mauritania tours and expeditions. This Mauritania overland expedition for small groups takes you from the Capital Nouakchott to the remote hinterland of the Adrar, along with a small group of like-minded travelers like yourself accompanied by expert local guides to help you get the best of Mauritania overland cultural and adventure tours. The trip starts from Nouakchott across vast swathes of desert, visit the ancient caravan terminal Trans-Sahara trade at Chinguetti and Ouadane, drive along the natural and little-visited coastline, and then head off on a desert expedition into the Sahara. Exploring Mauritania on this trip, you’ll travel overland past dunes, salt swamps, and mountains to Chinguetti, an almost deserted stone town that was once the capital of the Moorish Empire, and still holds a library with a fascinating collection of ancient books and manuscripts.
On this group Mauritania tour, you will encounter nomadic settlements under Goat hair tents and transhuman villages mainly of pastors and camel herders, you will also visit Imragen villages and hear about the symbiotic existence of fishermen and dolphins. Mauritania capital, Nouakchott, creates an exciting start point for our seven-day expedition exploring natural sites and lagoons with the bird species of Banc d’Arguin National Park and monk seals at Cap Blanc creating in contrast to the arid desert with wildlife watching encounters way off the traditional stomping ground of binocular wielding twitchers. The Atlantic shoreline, around Nouadhibou, is devastatingly beautiful with the wrecks of ships catching the imagination of pioneers of another era prior to heading inland towards the world’s third-largest monolithic sites, Ben Amera, which casts shade over the desert like a gigantic ancient sun clock. Welcome to our Mauritania Tours and expeditions with small groups or completely private just for you.
Upon your arrival at Nouakchott Airport, you will meet our representative who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. When the whole group is at the hotel, your tour leader will brief you on the tour itinerary and the components that are included in this Mauritania expedition. Our cultural tour of Mauritania is about to start for you to explore the marvels of this Sub-Saharan destination. Dinner and accommodation will be at your hotel. Welcome to our Mauritania active tour.
Our Mauritania expedition will start today with an exploratory trip to Arguin. Wake up to the lively oasis activities to enjoy mingling with locals. We will take breakfast and ride our land cruisers toward the Banc of Argan visiting on our way Nouamghar and Chami villages. The Banc of Argan is a major breeding site for migratory birds traveling from Europe and North Africa Qwikto the tropics, including flamingos, broad-billed, sandpipers, pelicans, storks, terns, and many more, the very few to mention. Much of the breeding is on the sandbanks of these lagoons sandbanks including the islands of Sidra, Niroumi, Nair, and Arguin. The surrounding waters are some of the richest fishing waters in western Africa and serve as nesting grounds for the entire western region. The afternoon will be devoted to enjoying a dip in the Atlantic Ocean at the stretched promontory of Arkeiss Beach.
We will wake at the crack of dawn to start our cruise. We will drive about 18 miles to meet our boat in Iwik and start our cruise sailing to explore some exotic small islands, watch thousands of birds nesting; perhaps some dolphins and gazelles viewing. In the afternoon we will get back to the mainland and camo in Iwik reflecting on a great adventure day cruising the offshores of Mauritania. This area is known to be one of the best fishing in West Africa.
Wake up to the lively oasis activities to enjoy mingling with locals. We will take breakfast and ride our land cruisers toward the Banc of Argan visiting on our way Nouamghar and Chami villages. The Banc of Argan is a major breeding site for migratory birds traveling from Europe and North Africa Qwikto the tropics, including flamingos, broad-billed, sandpipers, pelicans, storks, terns, and many more, the very few to mention. Much of the breeding is on the sandbanks of these lagoons sandbanks including the islands of Sidra, Niroumi, Nair, and Arguin. The surrounding waters are some of the richest fishing waters in western Africa and serve as nesting grounds for the entire western region. The afternoon will be devoted to enjoying a dip in the Atlantic Ocean at the stretched promontory of Arkeiss Beach.
We will take off early in the morning to take on a day of mostly off-road travel. Our real adventure starts here as we encounter some bumps and shifting sand pockets on our way. This is the typical way on this terrain. Just a reminder, this is what you signed up for on this active Mauritania tour. So your cooperation is very well appreciated. We will encounter the Sahara desert's unique natural sites, small encampments of pastoral nomads, perhaps the famous Mauritania longest train. By the afternoon, we will reach the impressive monolith Ben Amera village where we will set camp. Here you can enjoy the milky way and the ethereal sky seen at best like nowhere else. There will be no light to disturb your contemplation. Enjoy a night in the Sahara is all there is to say. Dinner and accommodation in camp.
After breakfast, we will take off to a picturesque town Overlanding some great canyons and valleys to Terjit. Terje is an oasis in the proper sense: a desert spring or other water source), 45km by road south of Atar. It is nestled in a gorge on the western edge of the Adrar Plateau with the palm grove stretching a few hundred yards alongside a creek, which emerges from the mainspring. Terje is part of the commune of Maaden in the Aoujeft province or county.
There is a modest fee to enter and tourists can pay to stay in tents in the palm grove. It is often used for the few visitors who venture to explore this magnificent oasis in every sense of the term. Charm, freshwater, and shade are great places to take a break from the ruggedness of the Sahara desert. Historically, it has been used for religious ceremonies, especially wedding ceremonies, as well as the coronation of a few African princes. We will camp overnight in the oases to enjoy an ethereal night under the African skies. Dinner will be cooked for our group by a local family.
After breakfast, we will hop in our land cruisers to overland North East of Mauritania to explore the Chengetti region in the heart of the Adrar Region. Adrar is a traditional region of central Mauritania of a low central massif with noticeable cliffs that rise to about 800 feet (240 m) above sea level. The terrain is arid and almost totally unsuitable for farming. There is, however, sufficient water at the base of the uplands to support date-palm groves oases, and during the wetter part of the year, there is the cultivation of millet, sorghum, melons, and vegetables in some oases and valleys of the Adrar. We will trek across breathtaking Saharan landscapes with some stark rock formations encountering some Berber settlements of nomads and semi-nomad pastors, not to miss of course the Dunes of Guetti. Historic sites include Ouadane, formerly a caravan and gold-trading center, and Chinguetti, an ancient center of learning and Isl?mic teachings. Dinner and accommodation will be at your Guesthouse.
Our day will start with an overland trip toward Ouadane, about 50 miles traveling north to explore some of the natural wonders of the Sahara desert. We will stop at an old crater with circular rock formations called The Eye of the Sahara. We will visit also the town of Ouadane with historic highlights. The library of Ouadane is worth stopping by. Chinguetti and Ouadane are UNESCO World Heritage Sites because they are vestiges of the once-flourishing civilizations that existed during the era of the Trans-Sahara salt trade. Both towns were learning centers back when Muslims led the world in science and technology. Today, they oversee decaying books. We will return to the guesthouse for dinner and a comfortable night.
After breakfast, we will overland exploring another day of our Mauritania expedition. We will travel across the picturesque Sahara landscapes towards M’heirith; a baobab and Pale tree large oasis. We will visit some breathtaking canyons, prehistoric paintings. A brief stop at Tewnechert Oasis taking a break at its marvelous palm grove. Dinner and overnight will be at a local guesthouse in M’heirith.
After a trekking journey, we will take a break at Atar town to visit its landmarks and its market reminiscent of a great time of camel caravans fairs. Atar has a very lively Market. It’s the only stocking area for pastoral nomads living in the Adrar area. It’s a very important military base for Mauritania. We visit some historic landmarks and places walking in the city. Atar is known for its silver nomadic Jewelry and beads. Dinner and accommodation will be in our house
Our last destination of our adventure tour of Mauritania will be Nouakchott. After breakfast, we will drive down to Nouakchott. Our local guide will be expecting us to take us on a guided tour of the capital of Mauritania exploring historic sites, the national museum, the colorful colonial central market to close our Nouakchott city tour in the market to do the shopping for Mauritania arts and crafts which is abundance in the capital city of Nouakchott. Dinner and accommodation will be in our hotel.
Our time has come to say goodbye to you and hope you had a wonderful discovery tour of Mauritania. Breakfast, then later we will transfer you to the airport assist you with your transfer. Bid you goodbye in the hope to see you again on another Mauritania adventure tour. We hope you enjoyed visiting Mauritania and our tour was up to your expectations. See you soon back to visit us in Mauritania.
|TOTAL IN USD
Cost per person: $3885 USD
Single supplement: $865 USD
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