Mauritania

Key Country Facts

Population: 4.068 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

An incredible natural phenomenon can be seen by satellite in Mauritania called the Eye of Africa. I

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Sahara desert, Arguin Bank National Park, Terjit Oasis, Bibliotheque Habott

Other Information:

The top exports are iron ore, copper ore, gold, molluscs, and non-fillet frozen fish

The capital of Mauritania is Nouakchott and the country’s population is about 4.068 million (2015). The government declares the state to be Islamic, and the entire population is Muslim. The main language is Arabic followed by French. The time zone is 4 hours ahead of EST.

In Chinguetti, check out the Bibliotheque Habott, where history and literature lovers will have access to texts that are hundreds of years old. The library is well-hidden and quite cool despite the hot weather outside. There is a nearby ancient fortified city where old mosques and other buildings can be seen, though it is not easily accessible.

Away from city life, travelers can brave the Sahara desert, which is especially beautiful during sunrise or sunset when temperatures are lower. Heading to the Terjit Oasis will give travelers a break from the heat and let visitors relax by the water under an array of palm trees.

On the Atlantic coast, spend time at the Arguin Bank National Park and rest along the beach. At times, no one can be seen for miles – there is just sand, water, birds here and there, and the sound of the ocean. The beach is very tranquil, making it a perfect getaway place to truly experience quiet and enjoy pure nature.

An incredible natural phenomenon can be seen by satellite in Mauritania called the Eye of Africa. It is a large, circular shaped dome that looks similar to a bullseye but is blue-green in color. Scientists originally thought this was caused by an asteroid impact, but now they believe it is a geologic dome formed by various rocks over millions of years..

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