Fly To Nouakchott, Mauritania
Once a small fishing village on the edge of the Sahara Desert, today Nouakchott is the capital city of Mauritania – a young country that’s changed quite a bit since the Sixties with mosques, government buildings, and street markets rising up out of the sand representing the dawn of a new era.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Nouakchott; but we’ve made it easy to search, compare and book flights via a number of other cities on airlines such as Kenya Airways (flights via Nairobi), Arik Air (flights via Lagos) and SAA. Simply enter your trip details into the online flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do not need a Visa to enter Mauritania. You will of course need a valid SA passport so make sure you have that sorted in time for your visit.
- The South African Embassy in Mauritania is situated at Not 135/137 Tevagh Zeina, Mauritania. Phone: + 222 45 245 590.
See and do
Attractions include Nouakchott Museum, the National Library and National Archives, a number of beaches, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Saudi Mosque and Moroccan Mosque. You may well want to hire a car to get out and see the rest of Mauritania – the country is quite fascinating with a range of ruins, desert landscapes and other places of interest.
Shopping is not really like any experience you’ll have in more developed cities, but it is without a doubt extremely interesting. Cinquième Arrondissement is home to a large shopping area, and there is an assortment of markets to be found outdoors. The area specialises in products such as copper, craft, embroidery and rugs, so those are some of the things you should look out for when shopping around here. Prices can vary, and you may need to haggle to secure an agreeable price.
Public transport is limited at best – another reason that self-drive might be an easier option to get around. There are some buses that go into town, but they are not always on time. It’s good to note at this point that driving here is not without its own challenges. The roads can be chaotic, and traffic rules tend to be seen as guidelines rather than actual law.
Nouakchott Airport – NKC
“A tent disguised as an airport” is how some have described the city’s airport, and while it may not exactly be the smartest or even the most organised of airports, it gets you into the capital city just fine.
Food and beverage: There is a shop that sells coffee past security in departures – you may find one in arrivals too if you’re lucky.
Currency Exchange: There are banks in town that can assist with foreign exchange services.
Lost Luggage: Ask at the baggage claims area – you can get a form to complete.
Airport Hotels: Hotels nearest to the airport include Hôtel El Khater and a few others, along with some B&B type venues.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Budget, Avis among other options.
Airport Hub: Nouakchott Airport (code NKC) is a hub for Mauritania Airlines International and other airlines, with scheduled flights to and from various destinations in Africa and abroad.