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A truck in Mauritania carrying a lot of people and goods




Rail links with adjacent countries

Towns served by rail

Towns proposed to be served by rail





  • May - 8 new EMD locomotives [4]
  • Deal signed for line to Kaedi.[5]


  • Sunday, August 5, 2007 - Sudan, China To Build $630 Mln Mauritania Railway.

Sudan's Danfodio Holding and China's Transtech Engineering have signed an agreement to build a 460 million euro ($634 million) railway linking Mauritania's capital Nouakchott with southern phosphate deposits at Bofal.[6] The 430 km (290 mile) line would run close to the southern frontier with Senegal. It is hoped that the new line would link with existing lines just across the border in Senegal, Mali [7] There is no through link to Burkina Faso. There are problems of choice of gauge.


A truck in Mauritania carrying people, goats and other goods across the desert.

Mauritania has only about 2,070 km (1,286 miles) of surfaced roads, 710 km (441 miles) of unsurfaced roads, and 5,140 km (3,194 miles) of unimproved tracks.[8] The country’s size and harsh climate make road maintenance and repair especially problematic.[8] Overland travel is difficult and roadside assistance is almost nonexistent.[8] Public transportation is not safe and road conditions in Mauritania are generally poor, particularly in the interior.[8] Driving in Mauritania can be treacherous, and many Mauritanians drive without regard to traffic signs or rules.[8] Roadway obstructions and hazards caused by drifting sand, animals, and poor roads often plague motorists.[8]

International highways

The Cairo-Dakar Highway in the Trans-African Highway network passes through Mauritania, and has recently been paved between the capital Nouakchott and the port of Nouadhibou, only a few kilometres remain unpaved at the Morocco border [7]. From Dakar there are links throughout West Africa.

The north-western end of the Trans-West African Coastal Highway is considered by ECOWAS to originate in Nouakchott.


Ports and Harbours

Atlantic Ocean

(from north to south)

Senegal River

Merchant marine

  • None as of 2002

Airports (paved)

  • 9 in total (2002)
  • 3 are of length 2,438 to 3,047 m
  • 6 are of length 1,524 to 2,437 m

Airports (unpaved)

  • 17 in total (2002)
  • 2 are of length 2,438 to 3,047 m
  • 5 are of length 1,524 to 2,437 m
  • 7 are of length 914 to 1,523 m
  • 3 are of length under 914 m

See also



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