Mauritania (With Iron Ore Train)

2024

Tour itinerary can be seen below.

1 03/02/2024

Arrival into Nouakchott

• Arrive in Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott. Take the day at leisure.

• Overnight in Nouakchott.

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2 04/02/2024

Port du Peche

• Head out after breakfast for a day around Nouakchott. We will visit the camel market, watch fishermen come in at Port du Perche, and visit the local museum.

• Drive after lunch to the Azoueigya dunes, some of Mauritania's highest.

• Overnight in a tented camp.

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3 05/02/2024

Terjit Oasis

• Drive to Terjit Oasis; we will have time to explore this green paradise, hike around the village, and bathe in the natural pools.

• Overnight in a local guesthouse.

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4 06/02/2024

Drive to Ouadane

• Drive deeper into the Sahara, passing through dusty canyons and crumbling fortresses in the endless desert until we reach Ouadane, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

• Head to the incredible Eye of the Sahara, believed to be the location of the lost city of Atlantis.

• Overnight in a local guesthouse.

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5 07/02/2024

Chinguetti

• Spend the morning exploring the old town of Ouadane before driving to Chinguetti—the seventh holiest place in Islam.

• Have lunch in Chinguetti before embarking on a camel ride through the desert.

• Set up camp for the night after three to four hours of journeying on the camels. The crew will set up a bonfire and cook a delicious barbecue. Today will be an authentic desert experience.

• Overnight in the desert under the stars.

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6 08/02/2024

Auberge Eden

• Start with breakfast, then prepare our camels for the journey back to Chinguetti.

• Once back, we will walk around the area and visit the library before watching the sunset.

• Spend the night at Auberge Eden, which is surrounded by pristine dunes.

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7 09/02/2024

Board the Iron Ore Train

• All aboard the Iron Ore Train! Before embarking on this great journey, we will stop for supplies.

• Drive to Choum, where we will board the Iron Ore Train. These trains come through 3 times a day. However, timings are unpredictable, and we may have to wait as not all trains will stop. Once we board the train, it is around a 13-hour journey to the coast.

• Overnight on the train.

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8 10/02/2024

Nouadiboh & Western Sahara

• Our drivers will collect us in the city of Nouadiboh once the train pulls in. Afterwards, we will go to a place where we can rest, freshen up from the long train journey, and eat breakfast together. If time permits, we will visit the traditional fishing port.

• Hit the road again to start our journey to Western Sahara, crossing the famous El Guergerat border which is controlled by the Moroccan authorities.

• Overnight in Dakhla.

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9 11/02/2024

Dakhla

• Tour around Dakhla, visiting the famous white dunes and stopping for lunch in a local seafood restaurant. We'll make a few stops at the many beautiful beaches and cliffs in the area and take in the vista of the lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.

• The tour ends in the evening when we can head to the airport to catch our flights home.

Details

Includes:
  • - Local guides and drivers
  • - Lupine tour leader throughout
  • - Transport in 4x4s
  • - All breakfast, lunches and dinners outside of Nouadiboh, Nouakchott and Dakhla are included
  • - All accommodation
  • - Airport Transfers
Excludes:
  • - Visa fees
  • - Meals in Nouadiboh, Nouakchott and Dakhla
  • - Flights
  • - Tips for local guides and drivers
  • - Other personal expenses
  • - Travel insurance
  • - Camping gear on the Iron Ore Train
  • - Single room supplement (we can allocate someone to share with on a group tour if you prefer to avoid this cost subject to availability)
Prices:
  • Tour Price: £1685
  • Deposit: £450
  • Single Room Supplement: £170
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