Destination Information for Mauritania
Mauritania, or more accurately, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in North Western Africa, is not currently a popular tourist destination, with travellers preferring to visit more developed countries with a larger tourism infrastructure.
This isn’t to say that there’s nothing to see! Quite the contrary - situated on the West African coast, Mauritania has vast expanses of beaches, with huge sand dunes and lush oases, contrasting with an equally vast and arid desert area. Nature lovers will delight in the amazing array of migratory birds which flock to Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, and in one of the world’s only Mediterranean monk seal colonies, which live around Cap Blanc.
The stunning desert scenery is well worth seeing, and makes for an exciting jeep tour through the Sahara, stopping off at the historical cities of Chinguetti and Ouadane. Mauritania’s unassuming capital, Nouakchott, is often used as a stopping point for travellers heading to the Adrar desert region.
Nouakchott is a laid-back and friendly town, and is ideal for an afternoon at the local fish market or for sampling local cuisine. In order to experience the best of the warm weather and avoid the rainy season, it is better to visit during the Winter months from November to March.
There is no British embassy in Mauritania. Please contact the FCO for advice.