Hostels in MauritaniaHostels in Mauritania

You are looking for hostels in Mauritania? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Mauritania hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Mauritania.

All Cities in Mauritania

We list every single hostel in Mauritania and the world. In total, we have 2 cities in Mauritania for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Mauritania hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Mauritania. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Mauritania

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is situated in the Maghreb area of western North Africa. It is bordered by Morocco and Western Sahara to the north, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, Senegal to the southwest, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Ninety percent of the land lies in the Sahara. The largest city and capital is Nouakchott, located along the Atlantic coast.

This country, which took its name from the ancient Berber Kingdom of Mauretania, gained its independence in in the mid-twentieth century. Although it held its first democratic elections in the early twenty-first century, Mauritania has been plagued by military coups which also occurred around that same time. The people also suffer from a lot of human rights violations, including slavery. Even though the practice was abolished back in the eighties and made illegal around the time of its first democratic elections, the anti-slavery law is not being enforced, leaving an estimated twenty percent of the population as modern-day slaves.

Although the citizens of this country speak a variety of different languages, Arabic has been recognized as the official language, while French is spoken by the vast majority of the population. While English has been introduced into the school curriculum, chances are that as a traveler, you will have to communicate in either Arabic or French.

The region is very rich in natural resources and iron ore accounts for about fifty percent of its exports, yet Mauritania is a rather poor country due to political corruption, droughts, and economic mishandling. Just after the turn of the twenty-first century, oil was discovered within the land, but its contribution to the country’s economy has not yet been established.

Tourists can fly into one of the many general and international airports in the region. For the budget-minded traveler, there are a handful of Mauritania hostels mostly in the capital, Nouakchott. You might also be able to find a Mauritania hostel or other budget accommodations in cities such as Chinguetti. For such a poverty-riddled country, the cost of accommodations might be relatively high in some of the hostels in Mauritania. Combined with the rather rustic installations, guests tend to feel that this country’s budget lodgings leave a lot to be desired. Water temperature and availability can be an issue, beds can be riddled with bugs and mosquitoes, and owners tend to let their properties deteriorate without much maintenance. However, when you need a place to rest your head and take a quick shower, then the hostels in Mauritania are a safe option and should more than suffice. Look for the French word “auberge” when searching for a Mauritania hostel.

Since this place is not a tourist attraction, it can require a bit of extra effort to organize an enjoyable sightseeing itinerary. There are, in fact, a lot of sights and adventures awaiting tourists in Nouakchott, the capital. You can spend a relaxing day in the sun at the Plage de Nouakchott, a beach where you can have a delicious meal at one of the restaurants, collect colorful seashells, and even see camels and donkeys walk by. From there, you can walk over to the Port de Peche, or fishing wharf, where you can watch the fishermen at work, take photos of the colorful boats, smell the fresh seafood, and immerse yourself in local life.

Another attraction in the capital is the Mosque Saudique, or Saudi Mosque, which is located near the Presidential Palace and Chamber of Commerce. This architectural marvel presents a beautiful photo opportunity for tourists.

If you happen to be in Chinguetti, then there is a really special place to visit, particularly if you are a history buff. The Bibliotheque Habott is a library that was created about two hundred years ago by a man named Ehel Habott. He started with his own collection of ancient books and manuscripts dating as far back as about almost a thousand years. Today, there are hundreds of these texts, covering everything from religion and astronomy to math and geography. The magical library is opened with a very special key. Next door, there is also a museum filled with ancient objects and artifacts.

Sometimes the least touristy places offer the most surprising, novel, and unforgettable sights to see and explore. Who needs more than a simple hostel bed when the day is filled with enchanting views and experiences?

expert for Mauritania hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Mauritania hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ on Hostels in Mauritania

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Mauritania?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Mauritania here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Mauritania safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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