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Mauritania Border Crossing

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This is a page of stories, anecdotes, and information about crossing the border into and out of Mauritania.

From Western Sahara

From Nigel Beardsley:

I purchased a motorcycle in Morocco and am over landing in Africa. I have traveled through Morocco and into the Western Sahara. Exited morocco by crossing a minefield! Formalities on exiting morocco very easy. After crossing the 3km minefield it was into Mauritania. Formalities here were simple enough and within a few minutes I was on my way. Arrived in Nouadhibou for a well needed rest of a couple of days. The wind here is very strong and I am told to expect sever wind and even sandstorms for the journey south to Nouakchott. I leave 2 days later and start on the road south towards Nouakchott. This is a very difficult journey. Howling winds blowing the sand up. It is incredibly hot. The road from Nouadhibou to Nouakchott is about 500km. There are no city’s, towns or villages just the occasional nomad tents. How I long for a nice cold drink, but no shops anywhere. Finally relief is in sight by way of a Petrol Station, half way. I rest here with nice cold water and some food, not looking forward to the next 250km of sand storms! At last I arrive in the Mauritania capital of Nouakchott. I find a very nice and friendly “Auberge” guest house. The evening is spent cleaning sand out of my ears, nose, mouth etc.

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