Although there's little to do in Rosso (pop. 18,000), the drive from Nouakchott is pleasant, passing small villages, interesting people and sand-colored rock buildings. Rosso lies on the Senegal River, in the fertile southern region where the country's crops are grown. It's best seen as a day trip from Nouakchott.
Note: Because of its border location, Rosso has one of the largest black markets in the country. Be sure to steer clear of illegal dealings—the risks far outweigh any gains. 100 mi/160 km south of Nouakchott.
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