I am so glad we got to see the shipwrecks in Nouadhibou, Mauritania before they’re gone. This ship graveyard was once the largest of its kind, but the new government is finally cleaning it up.
This video was taken in November of 2018. I don’t know how many rusted out shipwrecks remain in and around Nouadhibou, if any, but we’re happy to share these here with you. With a guide, this was easy to get to by car, only a half-hour drive outside of the city, or so.
Nouadhibou is very quiet as cities go. In fact, that can be said for most of Mauritania. It’s still developing and being located where it is, the process is slow. One of the issues is that they don’t make or grow much for themselves so everything is imported. That means that not only are things expensive, but supplies can be hard to get.
If you need a supply of anything, bring it with you. Don’t expect to find products you know in Mauritania. This applies to medicines as well.
This was one of our first stops in Mauritania. It can be a challenging, but fascinating, country to travel in. We did it on our own, which sometimes became a real adventure. Everything in Mauritania is sort of in the middle of nowhere, or in the middle of the Sahara Desert, if you prefer.
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If you’re not up for roughing it, I’d highly recommend looking into a tour. An interesting trip all around.
To explore possible tours to Mauritania: https://bit.ly/32fUnVz
In fact, have a look at the entire Mauritania Series:
Part 3 – Camel Trekking in the Sahara Desert
You’re looking at several shipwrecks, three on the screen right now, and we are in Nouadhibou, Mauritania.
We came looking for this one shipwreck that’s supposed to be all Hollywood-looking and that, but they’ve been cleaning up the beaches.
At one point there were actually several hundred, three or four hundred ships out here that were wrecked because the government was a little bit corrupt and they were letting other companies and that just dump their old ships here.
There aren’t as many now but there are still some incredible shipwrecks out here.