Wild Coast dunes of the Sahara is. That should be enough to lure you in Mauritania. If you still shy of a limited amount of hyperbole can have an echo to the dunes, magnificent ancient cities swept by sandstorms, deep canyons and plateaus rapidly amazing, seas of sand over more than a small European country and a phalanx of the oasis of charm.
Sure, you can find similar landscapes elsewhere in West Africa, but few are on the same scale as those of Mauritania. And few are as varied. Where else can you find an amazing game of the dunes and the ocean? If it is tranquility you are looking for, do not worry: unlike Senegal, Mauritania’s coast is completely unspoilt – There are kilometers of sandy beaches, without recourse to the eye. It will remain for ever: a vast expanse of ocean is protected, meeting National Park Banc d’Arguin as one of the best birding spots in the world – Nouadhibou, a fishing port on the Atlantic coast, is a good gateway to this region. Nouakchott will get you out after a season in the desert with abundant fresh seafood. For the types of outdoor adventure-, Mauritania offers a complete list of hiking options and exciting camel rides amidst surreal landscapes, not to mention balloons in the Adrar.
But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline: Mauritania is also a strong historical interest, with a pinch of Heritage caravan cities, all evidence of ancient civilizations. Culturally, Mauritania is a place apart, people are divided about equally between Muslims of Arab and black African. It is a Muslim country with a touch of black African. This amazing combination is part of its appeal.
If you’re more inclined to ecotourism to mass tourism, Mauritania is the Shangri-la.