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.
For your first trip, arrange your transport from the airport before you travel.
Get advice from your hotel about the best forms of transport including chauffeur-driven cars and taxis.
Visitors will incur roaming charges when using a foreign mobile phone for calls or data.
You may choose to only use your handset for data when WiFi is freely available, such as in your hotel. But if you need more flexibility, and if you have an unlocked handset, buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card.
SIM cards may be bought at the airport, some supermarkets and at mobile phone shops.
You will need to produce your passport.
The largest service providers are Mauritel,Chinguiteland Mattel.
Have the vendor set up the SIM card for you, load the initial airtime and explain how you can add more airtime when needed.
June to October is the rainy season, although not much rain falls in Nouakchott. Humidity can be between 70 – 90%.
November to mid March is the best time to visit.
On arrival, try to get to the immigration counter as quickly as possible.
Leave your passport somewhere safe and carry a photocopy on you at all times.
Don’t take photographs of officials and official buildings. Ask people before photographing them.
Don’t drink tap water.
Observe religious customs and etiquette.
Being friendly goes a long way!