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Discovering the desert

  Walata is also a byword for nature. Let us for a moment leave aside the city's historical and cultural heritage and turn to the life there is all around it. To start with, at its doors an impressive desert stretches away, surrounding the urban nucleus of Walata and merging into the clear sky of the Mauritanian day and the mantle of stars that covers it at night. The sight is unquestionably an impressive one.

Its most immediate natural surroundings shape the life around Walata. It is worth discovering places like the dhar, from the top of which we have the privilege of seeing a splendid panorama of the city that has grown up its slopes. The oued, the bed of an old river by which rainwater reaches the city, is equally impressive. And that's not all: traditional wells, a belt of farmland, ancient traps for wild animals and the desert dunes all make up the natural surroundings we can marvel at during our stay in Walata. Furthermore, we can always get to know these places riding on one of the camels ready for outings in the area.

Walata's countryside also gives us the chance to set out on adventurous routes that reveal far more than just the desert, the rocks and the dunes. Archaeological remains, caves, palm groves and oases form part of the Mauritanian landscape to be found just a few kilometres outside the city.

Seven kilometres from Walata, in the Zouri region, there is a natural marigot (marsh) where children bathe in summer. This small natural swimming pool is set in dreamlike surroundings on the slopes of the Dhar Walata. Some ten kilometres away we have the well of Bir Nasra. The nomadic population who live in the vicinity receive visitors with great hospitality. There is nothing as enjoyable as a drink of tea or Zrig (a traditional Mauritanian drink made from equal parts of water and fermented camel or goat milk, with the addition of a good helping of sugar), in a traditional Khaima.



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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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