Nouadhibou

Mauritania’s second largest city with a population of around 140,000 persons. Crossing from Western Sahara to Mauritania involves crossing 1.5km of no man’s land, an upaved stretch of road littered with the wrecks of cars that never made is into the next country, abandoned in the desert for who knows what. The zone is policed by the UN to maintain the peace between Mauritania and Morocco who have both claimed Western Sahara as theirs, sadly the UN’s mandate does not cover road maintenance and as a result it is a very rough gravel dash from one country to the next.

Nouadhibou is also where we realised where all the old Mercedes cars ended up (1990’s and 2000’s). Mauritania must have the highest per capita of Mercedes in the world, albeit that they are all beaten up and most barely street legal. And they are used for everything, even off road where we required 4×4!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s