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My Traveling Experience in Nouakchott, Mauritania


My Traveling Experience in Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital city, is an extremely underdeveloped area that has few modern amenities and many cultural barriers to entry. Nevertheless, there are plenty of interesting sites to see and things to do if you know where to look. I had the opportunity to travel to Nouakchott for work, so here are my thoughts on what it was like to be a tourist in the Mauritanian capital.

Why I Went There

've always been interested in Africa and its many cultures. So, when I had the opportunity to travel to Nouakchott, Mauritania, I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed. The people I met were friendly and welcoming, and the city was full of life. Despite the heat, I enjoyed exploring all that Nouakchott had to offer. If you're ever considering a trip to Africa, I would highly recommend Mauritania as a destination.

What I Did

I started my journey in the bustling city of Nouakchott. I was struck by the sight of the many tall buildings and the large number of people walking around. I walked around for a while, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. I then decided to visit one of the local markets. I was amazed by the variety of goods on offer and the lively atmosphere. I spent a few hours browsing and bargaining before heading back to my hotel.

Things I Would Have Done Differently

1. I would have flown into the airport instead of taking a bus. It was a long and arduous journey by bus, and flying would have been much quicker and more comfortable.

2. I would have arranged for a place to stay in advance. I ended up having to sleep on the floor of a restaurant because I couldn't find a hotel room.

3. I would have brought more cash with me. There are very few ATMs in Nouakchott, and it can be difficult to get access to money if you don't have enough with you.

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4. I would have been more cautious about what I ate and drank. I got sick from drinking tap water and eating street food, both of which are ubiquitous in Nouakchott.

Where I Stayed

I stayed in the El Mina district of Nouakchott, which is right on the coast. I loved being able to walk to the beach and explore the different neighborhoods. The people were incredibly friendly and I felt very safe during my stay. I would definitely recommend staying in this area if you're visiting Nouakchott.

I really enjoyed my time in El Mina and would highly recommend staying there if you have a chance to visit Nouakchott. It's an affordable neighborhood with plenty of local shops, cafes and bars to enjoy. And being right on the ocean, it’s perfect for relaxing walks or runs along scenic beaches. Overall it’s a great area with lots of great options if you want to stay near downtown as well as plenty of friendly locals who are excited to practice their English skills.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I had a great experience in Nouakchott. The people were friendly and welcoming, the food was delicious, and the city was beautiful. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new and exciting place to travel to.

One thing to keep in mind if you do decide to visit Nouakchott is that it is a Muslim country, so be sure to dress modestly and respect local customs. Also, be aware of your surroundings as there are areas of the city that can be unsafe for travelers. But as long as you take precautions and use common sense, you'll have a wonderful time in this fascinating country.


All in all, my experience in Nouakchott was amazing. I loved being able to immerse myself in the culture and learn about a place that is so different from my own. I would definitely recommend visiting Mauritania to anyone who is looking for an adventure.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Okeke Jeff Christian

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