Explore Mauritania: 8-Day Immersive Adventure

September 17, 2024 – September 25, 2024

Join me for an unforgettable 8-day journey through the heart of Mauritania. Experience the magic of desert nights, historical towns, and breathtaking landscapes.

My first journey to Mauritania left an unforgettable mark, and I’ve crafted a return that’s even more immersive. This is your invitation to explore with me.

This trip suits those who seek adventure in its rawest form. We’ll set up camp in the desert, traverse dunes by 4X4, and spend a night on Mauritania’s storied Iron Ore train. Conditions can be challenging: expect daytime heat, evening chills, and simple accommodations. Yet, this journey offers a glimpse into a life that’s refreshingly different, fostering deep connections and stories that feel larger than life.

Ready for an experience that’s as authentic as it is extraordinary? Let’s journey to the heart of the Sahara together.

Trip Highlights

  • Ride the full length of Mauritania’s famous Iron Ore Train
  • Camp under the stars at Mauritania’s tallest sand dune
  • Explore the Terjit Oasis and historical UNESCO-listed towns of Chinguetti and Ouadane
  • Visiting the beaches of Nouadhibou and UNESCO-listed Banc d’Arguin National Park
  • Visit Nouakchott’s Camel Market and fishing port
  • Experience the unique culture and history of Mauritania

Price: $1,925 per person

  • Spots available: 0 – Inquire if you’re interested in coming to see if we can expand the group/join the waitlist/get on the mailing list for the next trip.
  • To book or find out more information, send an email to caroline.lupini@gmail.com.
  • To secure your space, a 50% nonrefundable deposit is required. If you need to cancel, your deposit can be applied toward a future trip.
  • Remaining balance is due 2 months before departure (July 17). Payment is nonrefundable but can be applied toward a future trip if you need to cancel.
  • Cancellations made within three weeks of travel (Aug. 26) are nonrefundable and payment is not applicable to a future trip.
  • A 3% fee applies to bookings made with credit card.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation in hotels and camping sites (twin share)
  • All meals and transportation
  • Local guide and translator
  • Entry fees to attractions
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off (Nouakchott International Airport NKC is the best entry/departure point)
  • Train supplies
  • Camping gear

What’s Not Included

Detailed Itinerary

Day 0 (Sept 16): While our journey together starts on the 17th, we’ll be leaving early in the morning, so you should arrive in Nouakchott on the 16th. Nouakchott International Airport (NKC) is the closest airport. A simple hotel is included starting at 12PM on the 16th. I will be in Nouakchott a few days early so we can spend the afternoon exchanging money, getting a SIM card, buying goggles for the train, wandering around Nouakchott and/or getting dinner (at your own expense).

Day 1 (Sept 17): Our trip officially starts. Depart from Nouakchott around 7:30 am and journey through the desert. See Mauritania’s tallest sand dune and the opportunity to try sand boarding. Enjoy a traditional goat barbecue dinner made underground while you gaze up at the stars. Sleep in a tent.

Day 2 (Sept 18): Visit to Terjit Oasis, known for its palm trees and fresh water springs. Explore the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Chinguetti including a visit to the Chinguetti Mosque and the Old Library. Sleep in a tent.

Day 3 (Sept 19): Take a 4×4 off-road adventure and enjoy the beauty of the desert on the way to UNESCO-recognized Ouadane for lunch and exploration. Sleep in a simple hotel.

Day 4 (Sept 20): Travel from Ouadane to Choum to visit the 2km underground tunnel there and enjoy a lunch break, continue onward to Zouerat where we will spend the night in a simple hotel.

Day 5 (Sept 21): In the morning, make a visit to the mining company, and then get ready for the main event: a once-in-a-lifetime trip aboard Mauritania’s famous Iron Ore Train. Overnight on the train.

Day 6 (Sept 22): After arrival in Nouadhibou, we’ll take the most glorious shower ever and then spend the afternoon exploring the city and Cape Blanco. Sleep in a hotel in Nouadhibou.

Day 7 (Sept 23): Visit the Banc d’Arguin National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its birdlife. We’ll sleep camping next to the ocean.

Day 8 (Sept 24): Return to Nouakchott, where we’ll visit the Camel Market and the colorful fishing boats at the Port de Pech. You can fly out as early as the night of September 24, but your hotel will be covered for the night of the 24th if you want to fly out on the 25th instead. Checkout of the hotel by 12PM on the 25th.