Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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These fortified cities were built to serve camel carvans and are not easily accessible. Some still have fascinating mosques and decorated houses.
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Adonai H
London, UK20 contributions
Wonderful desert sites
Apr. 2019
Mauritania and its World Cultural heritage oasis are a must for those travellers with a deep sense of adventure and passion for the desert.

Moreover, locals are some of the most welcoming people I have ever encountered, going out of their way to help in any form.

I am deeply grateful to the country and its people for a memorable journey.
Written 28 April 2019
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nomade123
San Francisco, CA198 contributions
Definitively worth a visit
Jan. 2018
Of the three mentionned above, the most interesting is Oualata by far. Then I would say Ouadane then Chinguetti. It seems that it also follow how hard it is to get to those places. Really enjoyed Oualata even so it takes 19 hours bus ride plus a 3 hours ride in the desert to get there but it is all wwll worst it. Go there
Written 5 March 2018
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michael c
Ahus, Sweden1,015 contributions
Ouadane world hertiage worth the trip
Feb. 2018 • Solo
A little bit out of the way, but certainly worth the effort to visit. I was also invited to eat at home with a local family. a real treat.
Written 5 March 2018
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Mikhail K
St. Petersburg, Russia197 contributions
beutiful
Nov. 2015 • Friends
it part mosque, this place amazing, but you cant pass inside, there fence, it place in cener chinguetti, near library
Written 19 December 2015
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Bobleponge216
Eance, France52 contributions
History in spades.
Sep. 2013 • Solo
I was staying in an auberge right opposite the old abandoned city of Ouadane, and managed to find the time to get across and see it.
Wow, I was so glad I did. On entering the new wooden gates you can see the old city that used to be there, there are piles of rubble everywhere as the buildings that once housed a city on the caravan route have slowly disintegrated but there are areas that hint at its former beauty. A mosque just after the entrance has been rebuilt, with help of a grant from a foreign government, and there are a couple of other places that have been renovated. The old well is a thing of beauty, and the "rue de 40 savvants" hides some wonderful secrets if you peek through the closed doors.
A place to see should you ever get the chance.
Written 25 September 2013
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RNBNY
New York City, NY19 contributions
Chinguetti end of the caravan road
One of the outposts along the caravan route, Chinguetti has been designated a World Heritage sight. Not far from Atar, it is an easy day trip into the desert using an all wheel drive truck. Today it is a shadow of it's former self, even less so than Timbuktu, but more inviting than the Malian trading post. A modern town lies just to the other side of the dunes, nevertheless an endless expanse of sand awaits. rising above the dunes the great mosque stands like a beacon against the crystal blue sky. Most of the town is in some state of ruin, and small nooks are filled by the odd collection of women peddelling their wares, and the resident goat or herder. This is a site to see. Climbing over the remains of stone homes and shops, exploring the architechture of the past. Chinguetti is a lovely place to spend a few hours, wandering through the past and out into the beautiful empty desert. From atop the dunnes, Bobbo's and sky become one.

Atar itself is a large town, with all the trappings of modernity. Drive up from Nouakchott if you can, it is done in a day. Only a few checkpoints; the road hugs parts of the Atlantic coast. Stop along the water's edge and enjoy the miles of deserted beaches.

Nouakchott itself is a fun and active place. Most just bypass it, but spend a day or two and explore the capital. Dusty streets are easy to navigate, and the market is functional enough. Mauritania is a fantastic destination to explore, with friendly and hospitable people. Stay at the Sofitel, but go beyond the walls, and immerse yourself in the country.

As was told to me over camel kebabs, Mauritanian's are the "doves of the middle east."
Written 11 November 2007
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