|Sand, sand and more sand|
|Village in Mauritanian desert|
We went to dinner with two rather interesting french guys who were travelling across Africa on motorbikes following the same route as us. It was really interesting as they were heading to Ghana where they would try and sell their bikes as they had no where to store them. In the event they were unsuccessful we offered them the opportunity to store these in Nigeria as it transpired they were to return and pick up where they left off. We exchanged emails so who knows we may be seeing them again. In any event we wished them a bon voyage!
|First view of Nouakchott the capital|
We returned to the same cafe for our last night to try out the Shishas...I don't smoke so I didn't find it particularly enjoyable and just made me cough...although the group were funny taking turns. An interesting pastime sitting there with a large glass vessle with water in it and hot charcoal of varying flavours glowing away. Every so often the waiter would appear and give us some more coals. I decided to stick to the rather nice milkshakes instead and laugh at the rest of the group.
We managed to buy a mosquito net after one night as I heard my first mossie whizzing past my ear in the night. The helpful owner of the Auberge popped out and obtained a mossie net for me gladly. I would liked to have spent more time in Mauritania as I felt it may have had more to offer but alas after three days we moved on.
|Camels in Nouakchott|
|Flamingoes at Mauritanian national park|
|Birds in flight at Nationaal Park|
Once out of the National Park we were back on the main road again...bumping our way along and stopping every few miles for police checks. Not sure what purpose these served as they never seemed to check us in the back as such and occasionally wandered around the outside of the vehicle and then let on our way. These are not the jedi's you are looking for - move along sprang to mind.
Eventually we reached the border between Senegal and another border crossing....