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While oftentimes overlooked, Mauritania is a true hidden treasure with magnificently coloured sand dunes, stunning plateaus and lush oases dotting the arid land. The country’s rich culture, ancient mosques, World Heritage listed caravan towns and largest monolith in Africa amaze with their old-world charm. Mauritania encompasses both North Africa’s Maghreb and West Africa’s Sahel regions. Most of the country’s 3,596,702 people are concentrated in the south as nearly 90% of the country consists of the Sahara Desert. Mauritania’s name is derived from the ancient Berber kingdom of Mauretania, which existed in present-day northern Morocco from the third century BC to seventh century AD. Its population is nearly split evenly by black Africans and Moors of Arab-Berber descent. The country gained its independence from France in 1960. Since then, it has struggled to gain economic growth and stability. The country’s economy is still heavily dependent on natural resources and agriculture – nearly half of the population relies on agriculture and livestock. Mauritania does have extensive mineral resources and recent foreign investment in the mining and oil sectors have helped drive the economy and allow for more competitive courier services to Mauritania.
Mauritania is the eleventh largest country in Africa. It sits along the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by the Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, Algeria, Mali and Senegal. Most of the population lives in the capital city of Nouakchott, the city of Nouadhibou and along the Senegal River in the south of the country. Northern Mauritania contains the seventh holiest city of Islam, Chinguetti. Meanwhile, the 800km coast, while devoid of vegetation, is home to a large and wide range of birds. Many locations are difficult to reach because of shifting sand dunes, flash floods and steep cliffs. The coastal waters are some of the richest in the world and account for nearly 25% of the country’s budget revenues. The country has major ports and international airports in Nouadhibou and Nouakchott. Air travel is the easiest and is conducive to fast delivery services in Mauritania since distances are long and many roads are in poor condition. The country does not utilise a postal code system.
While unassuming, Mauritania surprises with its magnificent natural and man-made wonders. Rich coral reefs, dramatic sand dunes and a strong cultural heritage define the African country. While it still has to work at building its economy and positioning itself as a travel destination, Mauritania, is progressing. Rich natural resources have enabled it to develop foreign relations and communications and, as a result, efficient parcel courier to Mauritania. My Parcel Delivery offers reliable service and cheap parcel delivery to Mauritania. The MPD International Drop-off service provides three to five-day delivery from £29.05 including VAT while it’s the MPD International Export service provides two day delivery from £33.21 including VAT. [Prices correct as of 03/09/2015]