4* HOTELS &
Imagine a country so remote that most people never heard about it - let alone can locate it on a map. A country with a unique and deeply traditional culture. Where most men wear dresses taken straight from the Tales of 1001 Nights.
You wouldn't think such a place would exist in the 21st century. But it does.
Mauritania is large a chunk of Sahara, 3x the size of France, that ends abruptly at the Atlantic coast.
A harsh, rough country populated mostly by Moors. A place where you will not see another tourist for days.
Level of Difficulty
This is fairly easygoing and relaxed trip - but you need to be fit for a 2-day desert walk on the Sahara.
You need to be prepared for:
Desert walk (3h in the morning + 3h in the afternoon at a slow, relaxed pace), with no shower, toilet, or mobile connection
Sleeping on the desert (in a tent), with night temperature dropping to 12-14 degrees
7-hour bumpy drive to Chinguetti and back, half of which on dirt tracks
We will start in the capital, exploring the city and its markets, and absorbing Mauritania's exotic ambience, culture, and gorgeous dresses. The highlight will be a visit to Port de Peche (fishing port) on the Atlantic coast, with its raw beauty and incredible faces, seasoned in the harsh climate. While most people are busy with the fish, some take an opportunity to have a dip in the ocean.
One of the 7 holy cities of Islam in middle ages, today Chinguetti is a delapidated, forgotten place at the edge of the Sahara, with slow pace and detached feel. Not much is left of its former glory - except for several medieval libraries filled with thousands of old, hand-written books, and guarded by old-world librarians and wooden locks.
From Chinguetti, we will take a 2-day walk through the Sahara desert, accompanied with a couple of guides and camels that will carry our stuff. A true old-style caravan. We will soak in the vastness, desolation and silence of the Sahara, and the gorgeous patterns on the dunes in a late afternoon sunlight. We will sleep one night in an oasis - and another in an open desert, under the stars.
Fri 8 Mar
Arrival in Nouakchott (at night)
Sat 9 Mar - Nouakchott
Late start & stroll around town
Port de Peche
Sun 10 Mar
Drive to Chinguetti (7h)
Mon 11 Mar - Chinguetti
Tue 12 Mar - Sahara
Sahara walk + oasis
Overnight on the desert
Wed 13 Mar - Sahara
Thu 14 Mar - Chinguetti
Fri 15 Mar
Drive to Nouakchott (7h)
Stopover in Terjit oasis
Sat 16 Mar - Nouakchott
Port de Peche
Sun 17 Mar
Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski
Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed
Camera settings for travel portraits
Location-specific briefings & assignments
Daily reviews of best photos
Written feedback on your 10 best shots after the trip
Full-time travel portrait coaching
Accommodation in 4 & 3-star hotels (single occupancy), and 2 nights camping on the Sahara
All meals (with beverages)
Ground transportation in private minivan/4WD
Camel & guide for the Sahara walk
Tips for guides
International flight into Nouakchott
Covid-19 test before departure
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
Hotel Semiramis (4*) - single occupancy
Maison La Gueila - the hotel has 6 rooms, so single/sharing depending on group size
2 nights in open desert in tents
You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus smartphone camera for desert shots.
Personally, I will use almost exclusively 70-200mm f2.8, sometimes with a 1.4x converter.
Important To Know
No vaccinations required
Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent after deposit payment
Visa: all nationalities get visa on arrival at Nouakchott airport
No entry restrictions.
Royal Air Maroc via Casablanca from Geneva, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam (€ 600-700)
From Singapore: Turkish via Istanbul (S$ 2,200)
From Hong Kong: Turkish via Istanbul (HK$ 12,000)
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If YOU cancel participation:
100% refund if canceled by 30 November
50% refund if canceled before 15 February
0% refund if canceled less after 15 February
If the TRIP is cancelled:
If the trip is cancelled due to Covid surge or other force majeure, it will be postponed to the next year OR full refund will be given minus costs I have already paid that cannot be recovered (e.g. domestic flight tickets).
If the trip is cancelled due to insufficient number of participants or any other reason else than force majeure, full refund will be given.