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 Mauritania - Profile

Facts

  • Stretching along the west coast of Africa between Morocco and Senegal, a large part of Mauritania is the Sahara Desert. The republic is based on an Islamic socialist constitution and a traditional Muslim society, and does not particularly encourage tourism.
  • Its long coastline has very few natural harbours and the never-ending sandy beaches are its most remarkable feature. For those in search of solitude this might be sufficient attraction, but otherwise the country has very little to offer the cruising sailor.
  • The only repair facilities available are at Nouakchott where there is a shipyard which may take on work on a yacht in an emergency. Fuel is available in both ports and also some basic provisioning.
  • The security situation generally is not good, and the latest travel advisories should be checked before visiting the country.

Security

Current security advice is to avoid "all but essential travel to the country". See the FCO website for the official statement.

There is a high risk of terror attacks. The area near the Western Sahara is heavily mined and travel through this area is highly unadvised. Border areas lining Algeria and Mali are notorious for banditry and jihadism. There is a general threat of kidnap throughout Mauritania from these terrorist groups.

Check the following report West Africa: Copycat Piracy Cause for Concern September 2011. Another similar incident occurred in October 2013.

Last updated November 2017.

Weather

Most of the land has a harsh desert climate. The climate is better along the coast where the prevailing winds are northerly. The rainy season is from July to September, when it sometimes rains heavily. A strong swell is often felt along the coast from January to March.

Mauritania Weather Forecast.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Nouadhibou * , Nouakchott *

* indicates port of entry

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