This week’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of the week is located in the African desert, in the country of Mauritania. Banc d’Arguin National Park lies along the west coast of the country. The area is remote, and travelers should read the State Department’s Country-Specific Information page on Mauritania to make sure that they are taking the proper precautions.
However, the park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Located where the desert meets the ocean, Banc d’Arguin National Park shelters a wide variety of birds through the winter, and serves as breeding grounds and nursery for 25,000 and 40,000 pairs of birds representing 15 different species.
Birds that either winter in or nest in the park include flamingos, several species of terns, white pelicans, plovers, herons and spoonbills. Sea turtles also nest on the beaches, while dolphins swim in the waters off the coast.
To visit Banc d’Arguin National Park, you will need a Mauritanian visa. Here’s what you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa:
- 2 completed Mauritanian visa application forms
- 2 passport photos,
- An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever
- Round trip plane tickets or a copy of your itinerary
- A copy of a recent bank statement or a reference letter from your bank
The US Department of State notes that your visit may also require a sponsor or an invitation and states that ” Americans who apply for Mauritanian visas are experiencing significant delays, often waiting several months if their applications are approved at all.”
So, it’s important to apply early, and to make sure all of your paperwork is correct. RushMyTravelVisa can help research the visa requirements for your trip, assist you with the paperwork, and forward your application to the appropriate embassy for the fastest possible processing.