Chinguetti – Terjit – Nouakchott
Caravan city, library with 800 years old manuscripts, camel trekking, endless sand dunes, singing dune, fascinating plateaus, thermal baths, bustling market, Atlantic coast.
On the best tar road in Mauritania, we will drive through Akjoujt to Atar. From there on we’ll take the track to Chinguetti, the seventh holy city of Islam declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will visit one of the libraries with manuscripts of more than 800 years. Night at a guesthouse.
After breakfast in Chinguetti we’ll pick up the camels and our small caravan will start the trip through the Erg Ouarane, the enormous sand dune field around Chinguetti. The first evening we will arrive in Agueila, a small oasis, where we will meet the last people we’ll see for the next few days. From here after, only dunes, dunes, more dunes, and an occasional well will cross our path. We will have the chance to listen to the tremendous sounds of a singing dune. The average walking time is 10 – 15 Km per day or four to five hours. Camping.
The Amogjar Pass is a beautiful canyon, where we will see some amazing prehistoric paintings and the “Fort Saganne”, built by the French. After a short visit of Atar, we will make our way into the desert along a picturesque track to Terjit, at the foot of the Mauritanidas mountain range, where an oasis with thermal springs and marvelous pools awaits us for bathing. Lodging at an inn with haimas.
We start our way back passing by Akjoujt. Once in Nouakchott we will visit the colorful market, the museum and the bustling fishing port.
• 8 days
• 2 hotel nights, 3 in guest houses, 3 camp nights
• 2 Persons
• Airport transfer
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner (no alcoholic beverages)
• Camping gear (Haima (nomad tent), igloo tent, matresses)
• Transport in 4×4
• Transport camels
• Entrance fees
• Air Ticket and fees
• Visa for Mauritania (120, – Euro at Nouakchott Airport)
• Travel insurance
• Any other unspecified cost
Due to the special nature of the trip, the itinerary may be changed at the discretion of the guide if there are justified grounds to do so. Travelers must be aware that conditions during the itinerary are not always predictable. Potential delays at border, mechanical problems and the poor state of the highways can give rise to undesirable adventures. We will, of course, do everything within our power to minimize any possible inconveniences. .
The itineraries include descriptions of four types of accommodations:
– hotels, in which you will always be in double occupancy tourist class rooms,
– guest houses with collective rooms, where we try to have maximum two persons
– guest houses with haimas (the typical nomad tents) which are the typical guest houses found in small cities with collective haimas where people sleep in sleeping bags,
– camping in the haimas we take along as part of our equipment or in igloo tents.
The guesthouses generally have common bathrooms and the provision usually includes enough water for a daily “shower” except on long trips where the guide will indicate the scarce water days.
Breakfast consists of coffee or tea and bread with jam or cookies. Lunch is picnic style with sandwiches, salads and fruit. In the cities, dinners will be at restaurants where we sample typical dishes such as couscous and rice with fish. On the camping trips, there will be rice, pasta, etc. with vegetables, fresh fruit and of course the typical “mechoui”, roasted lamb.
The guide will provide orientation and information throughout the trip as to what is most interesting to see and visit. He will organize the trip and resolve any unexpected events related to the route that may occur.
The make-up of the group can be quite varied. There may be people of very different ages, experienced and inexperienced travelers, people traveling alone, couples or groups of friends.
Due to the nature of the trip, we suggest having a certain spirit of camaraderie and cooperation in specific tasks such as setting up and taking down tents, clearing up camping equipment, etc.
29.10. – 06.11.2016
31.12. – 08.01.2017
25.01. – 05.03.2017
28.10. – 05.11.2017
30.12. – 07.01.2018
07 – 09 persons: 1.470, – Euro per person
10 – 12 persons: 1.350, – Euro per person
Single room supplement: 100, – Euro
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