Mauritania Highlights

"Africa's grandest scenery"


Mauritania Ratings

Cultural Exchange: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Outdoor Activity: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Nature Discovery: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Outdoor Activities in Mauritania


Country profile

Capital: Nouakchott

Important cities: Nouakchott, Atar, Chinguetti, Nouadhibou, Tichit

Currency: Mauritanian ouguiya (MRU)

Visa policy: Link

Area: 1,030,700 km2

Languages: Arabic, French, Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof

Mobile Phone: Mauritel, Chinguitell and Mattel are the most important networks.

Country code: +222

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz

Internet TLD: .mr

Time Zone: UTC

Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel


Description: The climate is characterized by extremes in temperature and by meager and irregular rainfall. Annual temperature variations are small, although diurnal variations can be extreme. The harmattan, a hot, dry, and often dust-laden wind, blows from the Sahara throughout the long dry season and is the prevailing wind, except along the narrow coastal strip, which is influenced by oceanic trade winds. Most rain falls during the short rainy season (hivernage), from July to September, and average annual precipitation varies from 500 to 600 mm in the far south to less than 100 mm in the northern two-thirds of the country.

When should you go: The best period for any trekking in Mauritania goes from November to March.

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