Mauritania II


Mauritania II

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Mauritania is the definition of a desert adventure. It has some of the best oases in the World, with natural pools and forests of palm trees which give tasty dates and a cool shade where you can sip some delicious mint tea. Experience local hospitality, stunning desert landscapes and an ancient history that survives amidst the dunes. It’s an Expedition for thrill seekers, with an insane train ride and our most affordable one! And as always, the most fun family you could hope to share these memories with!


Day 1: Arrival in Nouakchott

  • After arriving and checking into our hotel, we’ll visit of the old administrative district of Nouakchott, the Saudi Mosque and the handicraft market.
  • We’ll enjoy our first lunch together at the beach and finish the afternoon exploring the famous fish market.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Nouakchott.

Day 2: Atar-Azougui

  • Get ready for an exciting day trip as we set off to explore the Adrar Region! Our first stop is Atar, the capital of the region, where we’ll explore the vibrant market and indulge in some delicious local cuisine for lunch. We’ll then continue our adventure to Azougui, the former capital of the Almoravid dynasty, and home to one of the largest palm groves in the region. Get ready to be transported back in time as we explore this historic town. We’ll spend the night at the charming Auberge l’Etoile du Nord.

Day 3: Agrour-Ouadane

  • After a hearty breakfast, we’ll embark on an adventure to Agrour, where we’ll discover the awe-inspiring Cave, filled with ancient rock paintings of men and animals that date back thousands of years. We’ll also visit Fort Saganne, which was built in 1984 for the Alain Corneau film. Our next stop is Ouadane, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest cities in Mauritania. It was a crucial stop for trans-Saharan trade and salt caravans. We’ll take a break for lunch before exploring the city’s ancient streets and stunning mosque. Our cozy accommodation for the night is Auberge chez Vaqsue.

Day 4: Ouadane-Gualb er Richat-Tanouchert Palmgrove-Chinguetti

  • Today, we’ll set off to Guelb er Richat to see the spectacular Richat structure, also known as the Eye of Africa. This prominent circular feature is sure to leave you in awe. We’ll then head to the charming Tanouchert Oasis, a halfway point between Ouadane and Chinguetti, known for its stunning desert scenery and palm trees. Finally, we’ll arrive in Chinguetti, the seventh holiest city of Islam and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready to be amazed as we explore the city’s library, old town, and enjoy a sunset at the sand dunes. Our accommodation for the night is the lovely Auberge l’Eden de Chinguetti.

Day 5: Chinguetti-Mhairett Oasis-White Valley-Terjit Oasis-Choum (Embarkation to the train)

  • Our adventure continues as we head to Mhairett Oasis, one of the largest and most stunning palm groves in Adrar. We’ll also take in the extraordinary landscape of sandstone rocks on the way. Next, we’ll stop at Vallée Blanche (the White Valley), a wide valley with bright white sands that contrast beautifully with the black rocks and green vegetation. We’ll then arrive at the enchanting Terjit Oasis, where we’ll take a break for lunch and explore the palm grove and cool flowing waters. Finally, we’ll head to Choum, where we’ll embark on the train and reflect on our unforgettable adventure so far.

Day 6: Nouadhibou

  • After arriving at the train station in Nouadhibou, we’ll transfer to the comfortable Hotel Valencia for a refreshing breakfast and shower. Then, get ready to explore this bustling port city and take in all the sights and sounds it has to offer. From its vibrant markets to its picturesque coastline, there’s so much to see and do in Nouadhibou. This is the perfect way to cap off an unforgettable adventure in Mauritania.

Day 7: Fly out

  • After breakfast, the saddest day of any Expedition: we fly out of Nouadhibou and head back home! Or South, if you are joining our West Africa Expedition III.


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Best local Homestays and hotels (when available).


Expert local guide and fixer.


Private 4WD with driver.


Three meals a day with a drink (water or soft drink).

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.

Iron Ore Assistance

Preparing you for the best train ride.
October 21st – 27th 2023

Our Selection Process takes only 10 minutes and it helps us create the best travel family!


It’s visa on arrival for most nationalities, so no need to worry about it!
Wander Expedition doesn’t book flights for you and is ultimately not responsible for your flight connection, but we can offer guidance and support when you research the best options for you. We suggest you fly into NKC and out of NDB.
Mauritania is quite safe and we will be accompanied by a local crew at all times, which will help us interact with locals and have the best possible experience.
This Expedition is perfect for those seeking the ultimate Sahara adventure!
Wander Expeditions is not a traditional travel agency where the first to pay is the first to go. We take you to stunning destinations, but we know the people you share it with is even more important when you travel. That’s why we have a refined selection process where we filter and vet candidates to ensure that groups are fun, balanced, diverse and interesting! We make sure candidates are on the same page and share our values of being fun, flexible and fearless, so we can guarantee everyone will have an amazing experience. We create travel families, so #trusttheprocess. Halfway through our process, we share the price with all pre-selected applicants. It only takes 15 min to apply, so you literally have nothing to lose! What are you waiting for to join the Wander Fam?

1 review for Mauritania II

  1. StefHeijnen

    Crazy experience to travel through the Mauritanian desert. It was my second expedition and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The legendary city of Aleg, crazy star night in Ouadane and of course the craziest train ride in the world “The Iron Ore train”. Our luck wasn’t the best, with harsh weather conditions on the train, but the amazing group made up for that. If you join expect a lot of driving but crazy scenery and a very raw/authentic experience!

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