The drive to Nema through the desolate Sahara Desert seems to last an eternity, but the quick Air Mauritanie flight is almost always overbooked. Still, we spent two nights in Nema and thoroughly enjoyed the isolation and meeting the local nomads. This trip is not recommended for everyone, however. We drove both ways, but would never do it again—it's much too tedious. There is no hotel (camping is possible), but hardy travelers will find a market, a hospital and a bank. 570 mi/915 km southeast of Nouakchott.

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