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Mar 9, 2013 - Nouakchott, Mauritania

Did the camel trip into the desert yesterday, and it was absolutely brilliant, one of the best things I have ever done. Left Atar in the morning to arrive at the tiny old caravan town of Chinguetti at around eleven ( taxi took 2 hours). The camel ride began at one o'clock, and I did it with a young Japanese chap. Along with our guide, we were the only tourists, as no-one is coming to Mauritannia anymore since the French declared it a dangerous country to vist...not true at all! The peace and quiet out amongst the huge sand dunes was...

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Oct 3, 2012 - Getting a great look at the nice city of Nouakchott

Hello everyone, It's been an interesting two weeks. Weather has been sub par and I've had great command of the ship. I am now temporarily staying on the coastal city of Nouakchott, Mauritania in Africa and am exploring much of the city. The city holds about 600,000 people and is persistently growing at a high rate. This is a typical Muslim city, filled with the poor and rich, and living conditions not the greatest for residents. But this all around is a beautiful city comprised of tall buildings and a serene, endless beach. I was able to...

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Jan 20, 2008 - Nouakchott

Nouakchott is as ugly as sin, as dusty as hell and as dirty as the devil, It's almost a religious experience being here. There is some sort of saying about not building on sand, well Nouakchott is a city and Mauritania a country that seem to be entirely built on sand. There are no sights to see in NKC and not really much to do but I did actually quite enjoy my time here nontheless. After my dusk arrival by bush taxi, another nightmare of a journey but I'm not going to describe this one, I headed into the town as I was desperate to eat. The...

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Jan 12, 2008 - A long long day

It made a pleasent change to wake up in a tent you can stand up in, as oppossed to crouching down. However, the showers we were promised the night before turned out to be a small dark outhouse with a bucket of cold water inside, ho ho. We rode from 9am until 8.30pm today. This was 310 miles all across the desert. At several stages there were some sand storms, it was an incredible experience riding through it. It was blisteringly hot but looked amazing, like a moving magic carpet, as the sand constantly moved and danced in front of you...

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Oct 26, 2007 - Nouakchott

Very sloow::will write later Visa into Mauritania only 10E each. To capital Nouakchott via taxi ..driver from day before, Mulay, cost us 10,000 ea or $40 US since we did not share taxi. Fellow from Bremen, Germany we had met later said he shared a taxi w/ 8 others altho only cost him 4,000 or $16 US and it took him 8 hrs during heat of the day! Since we left at 4:30 am and arrived at 10 am it was cooler and we got to the Mali Embassy before closing at 11 to get visas!!!(6,500 or $14US) Now ckd in at Auberge Menata...very busy place, lots of...

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Sep 23, 2006 - Noadhibou - Nouakchott

Al final no tome el tren a Choum porque solo habia uno y el dia anterior se habia retrasado 3 horas, y me dijeron que unos taxis te llevaban mucho mas rapido, pero via Nouakchott (la capital) en el sur. Asi que me meti en un taxi a Nouakchott, el peor error en Africa hasta ahora!! Era un Mercedes 190 pero con 7 personas dentro! El chofer, 2 en el asiento de adelante, y CUATRO atras! Fue una tortura: era como si te estuvieran prensando la cadera, mientras tienes las piernas apretadas, los brazos doblados en 8, con un calor infernal (cruzando...

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Dec 28, 2005 - Atâr to Nouakchott

Weather: Warm Began to stir when I heard the sound of prayer from a mosque then truly began to wake up due to the burst of birdsong that followed. Must be dawn. When I was fully awake, I pulled out my iPAQ to work on my journal and saw that it was 7.45am, not long past dawn. I packed and walked to the main roundabout, stopping to buy supplies at shops along way. An enquiry at the he final shop lead to me being guided to the gare routiere because I said that I was unsure where to find it. There was the usual choice & confusion and I chose to...

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Dec 16, 2005 - From SENEGAL to Nouakchott, MAURITANIA

Weather: Hot The boat was met by border officials as it ran ashore on the Mauritanian side of the river. One of the officials stood on the bow and collected identity papers and passports. The officials were acting arrogant and superior, but the official holding the identity momentarily lost his authority when he dropped them, and my passport, on the sandy shore close to the water's edge. I followed my passport up to the immigration office and stood at the counter next to the sign that read 'Etrangers' (Foreigners) and waited. Knowing the...

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Jun 17, 2005 - Nouatkchott

made it through Sahara Stephanie..OK Christophe.OK 2cv........OK ***** well, well clearly the "easy bit" is over : - actually the 900km of Sahara tarmac road from Tan Tan to the border were actually fairly easy and nice thanks to the diverse scenery and the strong sea wind freshening up the interior of the car. We overnighted in a deserted camping north of Layoune with the camp gardian, not speaking a word of French, as the only human being 30km around, but the beauty of the site, the howling wind and the traditional tea offering made the...

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Feb 19, 2005 - étape St Louis (Sénégal) - Nouakchott ( Mauritanie)

J ai déjà raconté la négociation avec les gendarmes sénégalais pour passer par la plage comme tous les trafiquants de voiture et finalement l'accord sur 15 euros au lieu de 1 millard évoqué au début de la discussion. Pour moi c est une des plus belles étape du circuit .On prend la plage à la sotie de St Louis,à la marée descendante et on roule sur la plage à la limite de l eau ( oû le sable est dur). Il n'y a personne que nos 3 véhicules. C'est le pied sur plus de 200 km avec seul souci : éviter les vagues et admirer le paysage. C'est la...

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Raid africain 2005

Nov 19, 2004 - These Flys.....

Ahhh,Mauretania,beautiful one day absolutely covered in flies the next...not sure if the Mauretanian tourist board will use that as their new slogan but let me tell you its right on the money... I'll try to do this without any blue language or references to bodily functions due to the fact that the Norfolk Police have banned my work colleagues from keeping up with it due to,and I quote the reason for the banning " the poor use of language"....bunch of webmarshall w@nkers,who are they to f@rking sensor my dribble I hope they all get a case...

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