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Nouakchott is the capital of Mauritania. Also it is the country's transportation hub - the main roads between Rosso, Nouadhibou, Atar and Nema all converge here.

Hitchhiking out

North towards Nouadhibout/Morocco

Get to the police checkpoint a few kilometers outside of town - you can even hitchhike there as there is a lot of lorries going to just after the checkpoint. Zenit was treated very well by the police there in March 2011, even though they told him he couldn't hitchhike there and they would find a lift for him (which they did).

North towards Atar

Get to the end of town near the airstrip and walk a little bit until you come to a place where there's not so many houses near the road; from here you should be able to hitchhike out to police checkpoint.


Nouakchott is not a good place to be stranded in at night if you don't have money to pay for a camping spot in any of the auberges (ca. 1500 UM as of March 2011) or manage to convince them to let you camp there for free... the church used to let people camp in their patio but don't anymore, and the beach is not very safe. The best strategy would probably be to ask at one of the police checkpoints just out of town if you might be allowed to crash out there for just one night.