Driving In Mauritania

Driving In Mauritania
Travel in many parts of Mauritania is dangerous for foreigners and you should check the countries section of your Governments website before making any plans. There have been cases of  kidnapping on the road between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou and you shouldn’t contemplate driving this in a self drive car. The conditions of paved roads in Mauritania is poor, and overland travel is difficult. You are advised to use four wheel drive vehicles, check the tide times, travel in convoy if possible and ensure you take adequate supplies of water and fuel. Local drivers tend to drive without regard to traffic signs or rules, and in towns beware of erratic manouevres by donkey carts . Roadway obstructions and hazards caused by drifting sand, animals, and poor roads are common. These hazards, when combined with the number of untrained drivers , poorly maintained vehicles, and the wider security risk make Mauritania a challenging self drive location.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Mauritania Car Rental –
Europcar and Avis have outlets here.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Mauritania. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Mauritania Self Drive Rules-
Cars cannot be driven across international borders. Minimum age is 28 for some vehicles.

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