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  • Mauritania - most dramatic country in Africa

    Thu, May 27, 2010


    Mauritania is known as the most dramatic country all over Africa. It was officially known as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and is located on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Mauritania is bordered by Mali, Senegal, Western Sahara, and Algeria. It is named after the very old Berber kingdom, and has a rough and long history that is full of sufferance – numerous have tried to win over it, however succeeded merely for a small span of time. Mauritania was declared as an independent state in the year 1960 and even today doesn’t guarantee peaceful, idyllic life. With poorly developed road and rail network, Mauritania is surprisingly one of the few most modern countries in the continent of Africa. A trip to Mauritania offers extraordinary experience of the typical medieval lifestyle.

    Mauritania is even today undiscovered by numerous tourists, even though it has a great deal to offer. Nouakchott city is the capital of this country and is located in close proximity to the Atlantic coastline gives the chance of seeing the city life in an all-together different light. Banc d’Arguin, a World Heritage Site is located in the northern region of Nouakchott city and cover vast area of 11 730 sq kms (around 18 873 sq miles). This place is a home of numerous bird species and a significant stop for the migrating birds that flies in the southern region.

    One more world heritage site in Mauritania is Chinguetti, which is small township located within the oasis of the deserted plane Adrar. Once upon a time it was known as one of the major seven sacred Muslim locations, and was an important crossroads for the traveling caravans and also was a starting point for the traditional yearly pilgrimage for Mekka, this isolated old township is the one of the most repeatedly visited tourist spots in Mauritania. This whole township, along with its main tourist attractions, which includes the old mosque, constructed with stones is believed to be founded in the early 16th century. Unluckily, this is off limits for all non-Muslims.

    Mauritania is the site of second largest monolith in the world, which is known as Ben Amera. Numerous locals believe that it is the best kept secret in Mauritania since it’s so infrequent to hear about it. Also in close proximity you will come across smaller monolith, which is known as Aicha. The only way for visiting Ben Amera is through the Nouadibou-Zouerate train, which is the world’s longest train. Apart from this traveling around Mauritania is by no means an easy task.

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