Mauritania (With Iron Ore Train)

Tour itinerary can be seen below.

1 Arrival into Nouakchott

Arrive into Nouakchott Airport and have the day at leisure.

Overnight in Nouakchott.

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2 Port du Peche

After breakfast we will head out for the day around Nouakchott, where we will visit the camel market, watch as the fishermen come in at Port du Peche and visit the local museum. After lunch we’ll drive to the Azoueigua sand dunes which are some of the highest in the Mauritanian desert.
Overnight in local tented camp.

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3 Terjit Oasis

Today we will drive to Terjit Oasis where we’ll have time to explore the area, hike around the village or bathe in the natural pools.

Overnight at a local guesthouse.

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4 Drive to Ouadane

We’ll drive deeper into the desert passing by canyons and fortresses until we reach the UNESCO site of Ouadane. We’ll head to the incredible Eye of the Sahara, believed by some to be the location of Atlantis.

Overnight at a local guesthouse.

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5 Chinguetti

We’ll spend the morning exploring the old town of Ouadane before driving to Chinguetti; the 7th holiest place in Islam. We will have lunch there and then meet our camels to start the trek through the sandy desert.

After riding for 3-4 hours, we will set up our camp for the night whilst the crew start up a bonfire and begin to cook a delicious barbeque. Today will be an authentic desert experience with the night
spent settling down under the stars.

Overnight in tented camp.

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6 Auberge Eden

Today we start off with breakfast, before preparing our camels for the journey back to Chinguetti. We’ll talk a walk around the area and visit the library, before watching the sunset for the day.

We will spend the night at Auberge Eden, which is surrounded by dunes.

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7 Board the Iron Ore Train

Today we'll drive west towards the town of Choum, grabbing our essentials and snacks for the train ride along the way.

Once we arrive in Choum we will wait to board the incredible Iron Ore train. These trains come through 3 times a day, however, the timings are not always predictable 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 Nouadiboh & Western Sahara

Once the train pulls into the city of Nouadiboh, our drivers will collect us and take us a place where we can rest and freshen up from the long train journey and eat breakfast together. If time permits we will visit the traditional fishing port.

We will hit the road again to start our journey over to Western Sahara, crossing the famous El Guergerat border which is controlled by the Moroccan authorities.

Overnight in Dakhla.

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9 Dakhla

Today we take a 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.


  • - 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
  • - 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)
  • - Airport transfers
  • Tour Price: £1575
  • Deposit: £450
  • Single Room Supplement: £280
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