A young capital on the west coast of Africa where the Sahara desert meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its geographical juxtaposition is as contradictory as its DNA: a mix of French, Arabic and African sensibilities permeate the food, architecture and language.
Prepare for Nouakchott
Be well prepared for your trip. Access information on safety and health, current affairs, what to read and, if you have time, some local language.
Tips for Nouakchott
Our tips to get more from your visit.
What to do before arriving in Nouakchott
The Desert and the Drum
By Mbarek Ould Beyrouk
Arabic is the official language but French is also spoken.
Hassania, Wolof, Hal Pular and Soninké are the local dialects.