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Location - West Africa; Capital - Nouakchott; Population - 3.5 million; Currency - Ouguiya MORE MAURITANIA

I spent 2 weeks in the West African country of Mauritania in March/April 2007.

 

maurnote1000 Mauritanian Ouguiya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur12The coastal area of Nouakchott is 5kms from the centre, and is based around the fishing port

 

 

maur10The fishing port, on Nouakchott's Atlantic coast

 

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maur14The Atlantic coast, Nouakchott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur2A restaurant in central Nouakchott (a hookah, or nargileh, is on the right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur7The Grand Mosque, Nouakchott

 

 

maur8Christina dining at Ali's in Nouakchott

 

 

 

maur21A traditional tikit and khaima (tent) at Auberge Oued Tillige in the oasis town of Azougui, close to Atar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur17Tikits are pretty sparse, but I guess you can decorate them yourself.. Azougui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur24Palm trees in Azougui's oasis

 

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maur28Bright colours on a street in Atar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur29Stocking up on provisions at Atar's market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur30Desert landscape on the drive from Atar to Ouadane

 

 

maur32The set for the film Fort Saganne, starring Gerard Depardieu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur33Ancient rock paintings on cave walls near Fort Saganne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur36The old city of Ouadane, known as Le Ksar al Kiali, dates to the 12th century

 

 

maur47aThe ruins of the stone houses on the edge of the old quarter of Ouadane

 

 

maur54Ouadane was an important caravan town and trading centre, transferring salt, dates and gold across the Sahara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur38The Adrar plateau and Sahara surround Ouadane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur39Walking through Le Ksar al Kiali, Ouadane

 

 

maur45The old quarter of Ouadane

 

 

maur51Selling souvenirs in the old quarter, Ouadane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur58The atmospheric Ouadane old quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur74Inside the auberge in Ouadane

 

 

maur44Checking out the view (or escaping the kitchen?) - Ouadane

 

 

maur60Our guide on the left, and a local historian on the right - Ouadane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur62There are many ancient manuscripts in Ouadane, a centre of learning since the 12th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur40The ostrich eggs are visible on the mosque's minaret - Ouadane's old quarter

 

 

maur65Outside the old quarter in Ouadane

 

 

maur68Tin Labbe is a short drive from Ouadane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur69 Passers-by in Tin Labbe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur75A 4-wheel drive across the desert from Ouadane to Tanouchert

 

 

maur79Driving across the desert - Ouadane to Tanouchert

 

 

maur93Our khaima, or tent for the night in Tanouchert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur94Helping ourselves to yet more tea - Tanouchert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur81There's no need to walk far to see sand dunes in Tanouchert

 

 

maur82Of course blokes have to climb things - Tanouchert

 

 

maur83The oasis town of Tanouchert is about half way between Ouadane and Chinguetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur90Tanouchert is a tiny place with beautiful desert scenery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur92Palm trees in Tanouchert

 

 

 

maur97Keeping a lookout from Tanouchert's dunes

 

 

maur99Saharan sunset at Tanouchert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur110Starting a disastrous three day camel trek across the desert from Tanouchert to Chinguetti

 

 

 

maur113Sunrise over the Sahara on day two of the camel trek. Our guide was taken ill during the night, and had sent the camel owner on a fruitless search for a car to take us to Chinguetti

 

 

maur119For most of the second day we waited for a car to go by, drinking valuable water supplies and admiring the dunes - in the desert somewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur116Our bus stop for the day.
Finally a car passed by in the mid-afternoon and we had a lift to Chinguetti - in the desert under a tree, somewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur121These people were a godsend, but of course a drive though the desert is never problem free. Digging our way out for the second/third time - close to Chinguetti. When we arrived our guide mysteriously made a full recovery..

 

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