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West Africa travel guide

West Africa - Mauritania (Chapter)

8th Edition Sep 2013

This is the Mauritania chapter from Lonely Planet's West Africa guidebook.

Just as impressive as the cultural diversity is Mauritania's grand scenery. On offer are epic sand dunes, eye-popping plateaus, ancient caravan towns, and Parc National du Banc d'Arguin, a renowned (and World Heritage-listed) birdwatching site.

  • wake up at the crack of dawn to catch a glorious sunrise from the labyrinthine lanes of the old city in Chinguetti
  • maps
  • experience the magic of the Sahara and sleep beneath the star-studded skies at the saffron dunes in the Adrar
  • transport
  • hop on the iron-ore train - one of the world's longest trains - and be ready for the most epic journey of your life
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Understand Mauritania, Mauritania Today, History, Culture, People of Mauritania, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink, Environment, Directory, Transport, Nouakchott, The Atlantic Coast, Nouâdhibou, Parc National du Banc d'Arguin, The Adrar, Atâr, Terjît, Chinguetti, Ouadâne, Tanouchert, The Road to Mali, Oualâta, The Road to Senegal, Parc National Diawling.

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