Mauritania Travel Budget - Visit Mauritania on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Mauritania?

You should plan to spend around $53 (MRO19,097) per day on your vacation in Mauritania. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.33 (MRO2,260) on meals
  • $61 (MRO21,934) on local transportation
  • $29 (MRO10,469) on hotels

A one week trip to Mauritania for two people costs, on average, $749 (MRO267,362). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Mauritania cost?

A one week trip to Mauritania usually costs around $374 (MRO133,681) for one person and $749 (MRO267,362) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Mauritania on average costs around $749 (MRO267,362) for one person and $1,498 (MRO534,724) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mauritania will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Mauritania on average costs around $1,605 (MRO572,918) for one person and $3,209 (MRO1,145,836) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in Mauritania?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Mauritania is $249 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Mauritania expensive to visit?

Mauritania is a reasonably affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Africa, Mauritania is reasonably affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 25% of countries in Africa for its affordability. You can find more affordable countries such as Nigeria, but there are also more expensive countries, such as Zambia.

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How much money do I need for a trip to Mauritania?

The average Mauritania trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Mauritania travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) MRO10,469 ($29)
Local Transportation 1 MRO21,934 ($61)
Food 2 MRO2,260 ($6.33)
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps 1 MRO285 - 855 ($1 - 2)
Accommodation Budget in Mauritania
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mauritania is $15 (MRO5,234). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mauritania is $29 (MRO10,469). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Hotel Prices in Mauritania

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Local Transportation Budget in Mauritania
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mauritania is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $61 (MRO21,934) per person, per day, on local transportation in Mauritania.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Food Budget in Mauritania
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Mauritania can vary, the average cost of food in Mauritania is $6.33 (MRO2,260) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mauritania should cost around $2.53 (MRO904) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mauritania is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Mauritania
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Mauritania is $1.60 (MRO570), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Water Budget in Mauritania
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  • On average, people spend $0.76 (MRO273) on bottled water in Mauritania per day. The public water in Mauritania is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Mauritania On a Budget
Mauritania is a fascinating country in West Africa. It is bordered to the north by Western Sahara and to the south by Senegal and Mali. It also touches Algeria. It's a country that is influenced by both the ocean and the desert. It is often overlooked by travelers because of it's challenging infrastructure which makes it difficult to navigate. The most frequently visited areas include the desert areas in Adrar and Tagant, as well as the area around Atar, and the ocean in Banc d'Arguin. Banc d'Arquin is a natural reserve with impressive dunes that go up to the ocean. Mauritania is an Islamic Republic, and the people are quite reserved and conservative, but are also incredibly friendly and welcoming.

More and more travelers are making their way to Mauritania, and you can now get charter flights from France into Atar. Guides are common and relatively easy to find within the country.

The climate of the area is heavily influenced by the desert. There are extreme temperatures and limited rainfall. The harmattan is a period which is characterized by hot and dry weather. The winds can be strong and the air is filled with dust making visibility difficult at times. There is also a short rainy season which runs between July and September.

Traveling around Mauritania is notoriously challenging. There is one train line which runs between Nouadhibou, Choum and Zouerat and the train is thought to be the longest in the world, measuring over two kilometers long with about 150 different cars. Bush taxis are another option for traveling around the country, but be very prepared for poor roads and frequent breakdowns.

There are some decent restaurants in Nouakchott that offer pizza, hamburgers, and sandwiches, but outside of the city your options might be more limited. You can possibly find a place to get sandwiches, but quality is often poor and prices are high. Local food options include fish and rice dishes, meat and rice dishes, and couscous served with meat or vegetables. Some restaurants are better than others. You will also find tea throughout the country and bottled water is available in most places. Bread can be found in most markets and is a good alternative if your restaurant selection is limited.
At A Glance
  • Finding a working ATM in Mauritania, even in Nouakchott, can be tricky. The country is not well connected with the international banking system and your Visa card won't work at the ATMs. You will find international ATMs at BNP and Societe Generale in both Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. Paying with a credit card is almost never an option. It is easy to exchange money in the capital city however.

  • There are several international flights which connect to Nouakchott International Airport. You can find flights from Paris, Dakar, Abidjan and Nouadhibou. The options continue to grow and change so look into the airlines that make the trip before you start booking tickets. Charter flights are always an option as well. Expect a charter flight to cost you about 400 euros.

  • Many people choose to drive from Morocco or Western Sahara into Mauritania. The road to the border with Mauritania is paved. From there it's about seven kilometers to the entry point in Mauritania. The road is twisty, but well marked. Once you cross over the paved road begins again. Do take caution not to venture off the marked route as there are still active land mines nearby.

  • There are any number of souvenirs that you can pick up throughout the country. Fabric, pipes, bowls, teapots, and jewelry are all options. The quality is highly variable and you should negotiate for the price, wherever you are. Keep the negotiating friendly, but don't be surprised if the original asking price is three times what you should actual be paying.

  • Although Mauritania is an Islamic country, you will still find alcohol, particularly in the capital city. Importing alcohol is illegal however. There are several bars and nightclubs near the French Embassy in Nouakchott, but beers will set you back about US$6. Drinking is generally not a cheap option in this country.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Ouadane: Ouadane is a town in the Sahara Desert that is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's popular with travelers because of its historical significance and the area's interesting old town which, although in ruins, is still worth visiting. It's also the closest town to the Richat Structure, which is a massive circular landmark that is visible from space.

Parc National du Banc d'Arguin: This lovely national park is a great area for bird watching. It's positioned on the west coast of the country and is a popular habitat with migratory birds. It is also a nature reserve and a World Heritage Site, making it a popular destination for tourists to the area.

Chinguetti: This city is an oasis in the Sahara Desert that is the seventh holy city in Islam. It was once an important trading center in the area but today it is popular with visitors because of its impressive ancient buildings and fascinating setting.

Popular Foods
Nouakchott has the best selection of restaurants. You'll find most of the western restaurants on a stretch of road between the Stade Olympique and the French Embassy. Outside of the capital city there are mainly local restaurants that serve fish and rice based dishes. You'll also find local venders where you can pick up bread, cakes, and some fruite.

Mechoui: This is a roasted lamb dish that is popular throughout the country. The entire animal is grilled or roasted over a fire until it is crispy. It's one of the more expensive meal options, but it is usually worth the added cost.

Zrig: This is the name of the popular camel milk drink which is found throughout the country. It's common to offer this drink to your guests on arrival.

Abragat: This is a porridge that is made from millet flour and watermelon. It's most common in the southwest regions of the country and is often a seasonal dish.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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