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A full tour, Walata and the empires of Ghana and Mali
  Walata's particular geographical location makes it the Gateway to the Desert and a border city between various cultures. As well as visiting the city, it is worth taking advantage of our stay in Mauritania to get to know the neighbouring empires of Ghana and Mali.

Before anything else, we must bear in mind that to follow this tour we need to have visas for Mauritania and Mali. Once we have them, we can set off for Walata taking the mountain route. In this way we can follow the path of the lions, see the old stone traps there are in the area and let ourselves get carried away by the magic of the sunset we are presented with on our arrival at Walata.

The city of Walata is a world in itself and needs to be discovered unhurriedly. A guided tour will introduce us to its town-planning, the interior of the houses, the historical, legend-filled ruins and its large manuscript museum. Furthermore, from this town, an informed guide will take us to Shuergde, to the legendary mountain of Tiguiguil and to see the ancient rock carvings at Tuecritt.


From this stone riverbed we return to Nema for a tour of the Empire of Ghana. From Timbedra we take the road towards Kumbi Saleh—with the ruins of the ancient empire nearby—and then we return to the 'Road of Hope' towards Ayoun. From here we go on to Tamchakett, where we can visit the archaeological remains at Awdagost.

Returning to Ayoun, we visit the oasis of Berbere and from here we travel to Basiconu, via Nema, Lake Faguibine and Timbuktu. A tour of this city will give us an idea of its importance, as we visit its museum, its mosques, the handicraft centre and all its urban and cultural wealth. We finally end our trip when, after leaving Timbuktu, we head for Mopti, Segu and Bamaco until we get to Nara and then Nema.



Visas for Mauritania and Mali are needed for this trip.
We consider the outing as starting from Nema airport.

  1. Nema-Walata, by the mountain route. Visit to the museum and Dhar Walata (path of the lions. Stone traps and view of the sunset).
  2. Walata. Guided tour of the city, interior of traditional houses, old centre and manuscript library. Night-time games, stories and legends.
  3. Walata-Shuergde-Tuecritt-Walata. Party night
  4. Walata (farming belt and traditional wells)-Tiguiguil-Nema
  5. Nema-Timbedra-Kumbi Saleh-Ayoun
  6. Ayoun-Tentan-Temchaket
  7. Temchaket-Awdagost-Berbere oasis
  8. Berbere -Nema-Basiconú
  9. Basiconu-Lake Faguibine-Timbuktu
  10. Timbuktu. Tour of the city, museum and mosques
  11. Timbuktu. Visit to the handicraft centre and the study centre. Puerto Koriomé and trip to Mopti by boat or overland, according to the time of year and the weather.
  12. Mopti. Tour of the city and surrounding area
  13. Mopti-Djené, visiting the mosque and the market-Segu
  14. Segu, including visit to the tapestry factory-Bamaco
  15. Bamaco, National Museum-Nara
  16. Nara-Nema


If you would like more information before travelling to Walata, write to us
Project undertaken by: With the collaboration of:
  FNSAV Fundació Solidaritat UB              
With the support of:
Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional
Generalitat de Catalunya                                  Ajuntament de Sant Feliu de Llobregat
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