Néma is a town in south-eastern Mauritania, close to the border with Mali. It is located at around the eastern end of the Aoukar. It is the capital of the Hodh Ech Chargui Region and of the Néma Department.
Mauritanians value brousse, or country living, as a throwback to their nomadic roots. “The Road of Hope,” which stretches from the capital, Nouakchott, ends in Nema near the market quartier. There are ten quartiers, sections, of the city, the oldest being Edelibu Quartier, northeast of the road.
Things to do in Néma Mauritania
Kiffa is an interesting crossroads town set under the shadow of the dramatic Affolle Mountains, which rise in sheer walls of rock and flat-topped bluffs where the southern reaches of the Sahara crash into the lands of the African Sahel.
Some come this way to head out and explore the backcountry towns in the mountains, while most come to seek out the fabled Kiffa beads that were made famous by the local crafters here.
Produced using a super-secretive mixture of powdered glass, they are one of the most iconic and recognizable forms of jewelry to come out of the region.
And as if that’s not enough, you can also see the impact site of a large meteorite that crashed into the mountains back in 1970 nearby!
How to get to Néma Mauritania
You can fly from Nouakchott to Néma however the distance between Nouakchott to Néma by road is over 1000 km and this may take two days to cover.
Where to stay in Néma Mauritania
There are no tourist hotels in Néma but there will be Auberges that you can stay in while visiting that may not require advance booking.
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