Boutilimit Tourist Places to Visit in Boutilimit, Trarza, Mauritania, Africa

Boutilimit Tourist Places to Visit in Boutilimit, Trarza, Mauritania, Africa

Boutilimit is a town situated in the Trarza region of Mauritania, located around 160 km southeast of the national capital, Nouakchott. It is especially noted as the prominent site of religious training in Mauritania. The popularity of Boutilimit is also extended by the production of handicraft items, mainly silver crafts and rugs. There is a Qur’anic school with a library in Boutilimit.

Boutilimit is also noted as the hometown of the first president of the independent Mauritania, Moktar Ould Daddah, who was in seat from 1960 to 1978. Boutilimit was establsihed in the 19th Century by an Islamic mystic and scholar.Boutilimit is geographically positioned between 17°31′ N latitude and 14°46′ W longitude.


How to reach Boutilimit?

Boutilimit is served by the Nouakchott International Airport, the most important airport of Mauritania, situated in the capital city, Nouakchott, around 150 km away from Boutilimit. The airport operates flights from and to Madrid, Abidjan, Casablanca, Bamako, Brazzaville, Istanbul, Dakar, Gran Canaria, Casablanca, Conakry, Paris, Algiers and many other global destinations.

Boutilimit is located on the national highway N3 that leads Boutilimit to Nouakchott. Buses are regular between this route and for comfortable travel, visitors can use pre-booked private transfer.


Food and Shopping in Boutilimit:

Boutilimit is famous as a prominent religious training centre in Mauritania. The first president of Mauritania, Moktar Ould Daddah, was born in Boutilimit.

Handicraft items are relatively cheaper in Boutilimit compared to other parts of the country and the products like rugs and silver crafts are worth a price. The town also houses some traditional restaurants.


Things to do in Boutilimit:

  • Visiting library
  • Shopping
  • Walking


What to see in Boutilimit?


Qur’anic school in Boutilimit:

Boutilimit is home to a Qur’anic school, founded by Shaykh Sidiyya “al-Kabir”. The school is famous for its library that features well preserved manuscripts.


Boutilimit Airport:

The Boutilimit Airport is one of the major landmarks of Boutilimit and although the airport is currently not served by any flights, it receives visitors for its nice construction and pleasant surrounding environment. The airport is situated 3 km away from the heart of the town.



Nouakchott is the capital city of Mauritania, situated around 160 km northwest of Boutilimit. Other than housing spectacular beaches, Nouakchott is also famous for its manmade attractions like the National Museum of Mauritania, the Nouakchott Silver Market, the Cathedral of St. Joseph, the Franco-Mauritanian Cultural Center and Stade Olympique.  Buses are regular between Nouakchott and Boutilimit.


Banc d’Arguin National Park:

UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Banc d’Arguin National Park is located to the northwest of Boutilimit, covering a total area of 12,000 km². The park is well known for thousands of migratory birds, mainly for broad-billed sandpipers, terns and flamingos.


Other places of interest in and around Boutilimit are as follows:

  • University of Nouakchott
  • Beaches in Nouakchott
  • National Museum of Mauritania
  • Franco-Mauritanian Cultural Center
  • Stade Olympique
  • Cathedral of St. Joseph
  • Nouakchott Museum
  • Nouakchott Silver Market
  • National Library in Nouakchott


Best time to visit Boutilimit:

Throughout the year is best, especially from January to May is the ideal time to visit Boutilimit in Mauritania.


Accommodation Options in Boutilimit:

It is difficult to find star rated hotels in Boutilimit but traditional options can be found. Those who want to make their Mauritania tour memorable can consider top class hotels in the capital city Nouakchott for accommodation purpose. List of the prominent hotels in Boutilimit and Nouakchott (160 km) include:

  • Al Khaima City Center
  • Hotel Wissal Nouakchott
  • Auberge Sahara
  • Atlantic Hotel Ezza
  • Boudarge & Inimich Apart-Hotel
  • Chambres d’Hotes Naga
  • Hotel El Waha
  • The Auberge Bab Sahara
  • Hotel Semiramis Nouakchott
  • Mauricenter Hotel
  • Hotel Atlantique Nouakchott
  • Boudarge & Inimich Apart-Hotel
  • Chambres d’Hotes Naga
  • Auberge Diaguili
  • Maison d’hotes Jeloua
  • Monotel Hotel

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