Mauritania & The Iron Ore Train DEC' 24


John Ward
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16 reviews
Dec 6 - 13, 2024
Group size: 4 - 15
Mauritania & The Iron Ore Train DEC' 24

John Ward
  • Email address verified
16 reviews

Dec 6 - 13, 2024
Group size: 4 - 15

About this trip

Come and experience the most EPIC TRAVEL ADVENTURE on the planet, hitching a ride on the Iron Ore train through the Sahara. In one of the world's least visited countries, Mauritania. 

Mauritania, in West Africa, is what real travel is about. Feel the culture of the nomadic tribes, road trip deep into the desert, camping under the stars, but remember to watch out for wild camels as you cross the road though. 

Starting in Nouakchott, we'll get to know our new group before we venture into the desert. Here we'll visit one of the ancient cities of Islam, Chinguetti. We'll also be off-roading through the sand dunes and staying in local villages. It doesn't get more real than this. 

And then of course, there's the iron ore train. No tickets, no timetable, no seats. We'll hop on the back of the iron ore, and ride it through the night to the Atlantic coast. See you there!


I'm also organising a 120-150km ULTRA MARATHON in Mauritania at the same time as this tour (both trips run concurrently). You'll have a western guide and a local guide for the first few days of this trip, then on Day 4 - Dec 9th - you'll arrive in Chinguetti and watch us finish the ultra marathon, and then both trips will be on the same schedule for riding the iron ore train together!). 

What’s included

  • All Accommodation
  • All meals
    (Not including the first night)
  • All transport
  • Airport transfers
  • Local guide throughout
    You'll have a guide throughout of course, and on Day 4, you'll finally join with me (Johnny) too.
  • Travel bragging rights

What’s not included

  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Additional Nights
    If you wish to arrive a day or 2 early, or stay a day or 2 later.

Available Packages

Trip Price
Deposit: $250

Available options

Single Supplement
6 left

The trip is based on per-person sharing. Don't worry though, if you prefer your own private room, this option is for you.

Additional Night the night before

If you want to come a day early, or land at a crazy time in the night on the 26th, and you want to sleep in a bed, book this!

Additional night the night after

If you want to stay an extra night, or your flight is super early on Dec 4th but you want a room to chill in first, book this.


Day 1
Arrival in Mauritania

December 6th. Arrive in Nouakchott anytime, your guide will hold a briefing this evening. 

Your Organizer

John Ward
16 reviews
Irish blogger @ Every country in the world, 7 summits, North and South Pole. Now helping some crazy friends go to places they probably shouldn't.


Everything about Mauritania was perfect; the group, the experience, the country and its people. Nothing that I expected but everything that I wanted. Thank you Johnny and team.
By Aavishkar M for Mauritania & The Iron Ore Train on Dec 30, 2023
I absolutely loved this tour of Mauritania. The people in our group were phenomenal, the locals are probably the most kind and welcoming people I’ve ever met. And the train was epic of course :) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
By Courtney J for Mauritania & The Iron Ore Train on Dec 18, 2023
Amazing in every way!! Spending time exploring an amazing country with fantastic people. We always felt looked after so well. Brilliant trip!!
By Janice B for Mauritania & The Iron Ore Train on Dec 14, 2023
I admittedly don't usually love tours, but Johnny nailed every part of this trip once again and he has a brilliant skill in making everyone feel included while having one of the wildest adventures in a friendly and fun country.
By Anthony M for Mauritania & The Iron Ore Train on Dec 14, 2023
A jam-packed trip that took us through the capital, a night train and other fantastic cities in Turkmenistan. Johnny managed to keep it casual and fun while making sure we were all on time. This trip is way more than just The Gates of Hell, it's a crash course into Turkmen culture.
By Anthony M for Turkmenistan (and the Gates of Hell) NOVEMBER on Dec 14, 2023
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