The fish market in Nouakchott, Mauritania

The fish market in Nouakchott, Mauritania

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In February 2023, I traveled with three friends to Mauritania. During our first day, we explored Nouakchott, the capital city, which to be honest, was not particularly remarkable. However, there was one must-see place - the fish market located next to the fish harbor in the western part of Nouakchott.

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Upon entering the fish market, we were bombarded by a flurry of sounds and smells. The thick, salty scent of the sea mixed with the heady aroma of fresh fish and spices. People were bustling about, haggling over prices and inspecting the day's catch.

We navigated through the crowded aisles, taking in all the sights and sounds. We observed the Wolof and Fula men dragging in their heavy fishing nets, their muscles straining with effort. Small boys darted back and forth, carrying trays of fish as they weaved through the crowd. Each stall was more colorful than the last, with piles of gleaming fish, bright red lobsters, and plump shrimp on display.


As we made our way back through the stalls, we couldn't help but feel grateful for the experience. We came to realize that the fish market was more than just a place to buy seafood. It was a vibrant, living part of the community. And for us, it became a memory that we will treasure for a long time.

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Join us on a unforgettable journey to Mauritania, one of the most fascinating and captivating countries in West Africa. Our tour will take you through the country's rich history and culture, from the ancient city of Chinguetti, one of the largest and most important centers of learning in the Muslim world, to the bustling capital city of Nouakchott. Along the way, you'll explore the stunning natural beauty of the Sahara desert, with its towering sand dunes and breathtaking landscapes, and learn about the traditional way of life of the country's nomadic tribes. You'll also have the chance to try some of the delicious local cuisine, including dishes made from traditional ingredients like millet, couscous, and camel meat. Whether you're a history buff, an adventure seeker, or just looking for a unique and unforgettable travel experience, our tour of Mauritania is the perfect way to discover all that this amazing country has to offer.

We usually have one or two small groups (max 7/8 participants) per year traveling to Mauritania. If you are interested in joining a group setting out from Europe, please drop me a line. We will provide more information, like dates, a program, and other details.

I organize and lead small groups to Mauritania through my licensed travel agency "Thousand Voyages" Ltd. You can find out more about the guided tours here.

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