Each traveller, according to his or her own interests, will devote as much time as he or she deems necessary to visiting the stops. In addition, on some sections of the Route de l'Espoir, road rehabilitation work, which is also essential, can occasionally cause your average to drop. Be careful, before you leave, find out about the security risks that may be present in the areas you will be crossing.
Day 1: Departure from Nouakchott
Day 2: Road to Nema
Day 3: From Néma to Oualata
Day 4: From Walata to Tichît
Day 5: Tichit in Tidjikja
Day 6: Last day of road to Tidjikja
Day 7: From Tidjikja to Sangrafa
Day 8: From Sangrafa to Buggy via Aleg
Day 9: From Buggy to Rosso or Buggy in Sélibabi
Day 10: From Rosso to Nouakchott
You take the route of Hope on this route. Tar is in good condition except when performing maintenance work. Certainly, the approximately 1 100 km of this journey is a source of additional fatigue, but it would be a pity not to carry out this journey at least once, either to go or return. Air Mauritania serves Nema, from Nouakchott, once a week at an attractive price. From Nema, you can visit Mali to Nara and then Bamako.
We continue our journey on the road of Hope, towards Néma, at the border with Mali. Air Mauritanie serves Néma from Nouakchott once a week at an attractive price. From Néma, it is possible to go to Mali to Nara and then Bamako.
Oualata, a desert city listed as a World Heritage Site, has a motto: Ecology and autonomy. A social project tries to restore the city's autonomy, while preserving its rich past, and Oualata will surprise you with its cleanliness. The arrival on the city, fascinating of beauty, almost timeless, will make you forget the fatigue caused by the three or four hours spent on the difficult, even very difficult, track coming from Néma.
Attention, mandatory guide. If you enjoy solitude and adventure, you must take this route by taking all necessary precautions, especially with regard to water and fuel reserves. On about 600 km you will follow the cliffs between Walata and Tidjikja.
Continuation of the journey. As you drive along, observe splendid rock carvings, the remains of the 400 villages that were inhabited before the increasing aridity of the Sahara pushed its inhabitants towards more welcoming regions.
The landscapes are constantly renewed and are all more beautiful than others, from the oasis buried in the midst of the sands to cliffs protecting deep canyons.
You leave one of the most beautiful palm groves in Mauritania and walk, in the direction of the descent, the splendid pass of Moudjeria. Completely shacks route between Tidjikja and the road of Hope.
Excellent tar that plunges you into another environment and offers a total change of scenery. After the Saharan aridity, here is fertility, you enter the attic of Mauritania.
At Buggy, there are two possibilities for you. Either you choose to keep track of the Senegal River by going back to the course, in which case you cross the Régions and then Guidimaka areas, Buggy tar at Kaédi, then track to Sélibabi. These regions are the most densely populated in Mauritania, their inhabitants, ranchers and farmers, use the rains to produce most of the country's cereal resources. You follow the river to the west towards Rosso. In the dry season, there is no risk of losing, following the Senegal river. However, during the rainy season, from July to October, it is necessary to take a detour by Rkîz. This journey allows you to discover the ingenuity of the Mauritaniens who have built irrigated boundaries. Dykes and canals allow the cultivation of all kinds of cereals. This humidity attracts not only mosquitoes, malaria vectors, unknown in the North, but also quantity of birds. Rosso is the crossing point to go to Senegal. Important shopping mall, traffic is constant on the Senegal River, the lung of the city.
If you go back to Nouakchott by passing through Keur Macène, then by taking the track along the coast, it's time to take advantage of the rollers of the ocean as you cross the Atlantic on the end of the journey. Take care, however, not to venture too far, the currents are quite strong.