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!

IMPORTANT: This expedition has been designed in combination with our West Africa and Ghana, Togo, Benin itineraries to provide you with the opportunity to explore all West African countries from Mauritania to Benin. You can combine this expedition with the West Africa and Ghana, Togo, Benin expeditions in the following weeks! (If you apply for 2 or 3 of these expeditions, your applications will receive preference for selection.)”


Day 1: Nouakchott to Atar-Azougui

  • Our first day starts very early in the morning (make sure you arrive the night before). 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. 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.
  • Overnight in Azougui.

Day 2: Agrour, Terjit Oasis & Mhairett Oasis

  • Our adventure continues as we head to Mhairett Oasis, one of the largest and most stunning palm groves in Adrar. 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 explore the palm grove and cool flowing waters. 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.
  • Overnight in Ouadane.

Day 3: 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. 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.
  • Overnight in Chinguetti.

Day 4: Iron ore train.

  • After visiting Atar Market, we’ll head to Choum, where we’ll embark on the train and reflect on our unforgettable adventure so far.
  • Overnight at the Iron Ore train.

Day 5: Nouadhibou

  • After arriving at the Nouadhibou train station, we’ll transfer to a comfortable Hotel for some relaxation after the train journey. Then, prepare to explore this bustling port city, taking in the vibrant markets and picturesque coastline.
  • Overnight at Nouadhibou.

Day 6: Nouakchott

  • We will drive from Nouadhibou to Nouakchott and enjoy our final lunch together at the beach. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the fish market. Lastly, we will visit the old administrative district of Nouakchott and the Saudi Mosque.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Nouakchott.

Day 7: Fly out

  • After breakfast, the saddest day of any Expedition: we fly out of Nouakchott and head back home! Or you can join our West Africa Expedition.


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Best local Homestays and hotels (when available).


Expert local guide and fixer.


Mini Van and Private 4WD with driver.


Three meals a day with a drink (water or soft drink).* *Food is not included in Nouadhibou, as it will be a free day for you to explore on your own or relaxing after the train.

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.

Iron Ore Assistance

Preparing you for the best train ride.
October 19th – October 25th 2024

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 to and out of NKC.
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?


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