Tichit Tourist Places to Visit in Tagant, Mauritania, Western Africa, Africa

Tichit Tourist Places to Visit in Tagant, Mauritania, Western Africa, Africa

Tichit, also spelled Tichitt, is a tourist favor village situated in the Tagant region in the south-central part of Mauritania, between 18°26′30″ N latitude and 9°29′30″ W longitude, towards the east of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. The village is famous among visitors for its vernacular architecture and there is also museum showcasing the archeological importance of Tichit and its nearby villages.

Tichit is a World Heritage Site, housing the West Africa’s oldest remaining archaeological settlements. The economy of Tichit is based on date farming.


History of Tichit:

According to the archeological findings found in the region, agropastoral communities lived around 2000 BC during the late Stone Age were the original founder of Tichit. Archaeologists P.J. Munson, S. Amblard and Augustin F.C. Holl claimed that millet was growing in the region during 2000 BC.


Connectivity to Tichit:

There is an airport in but flights are rare to see. The closest major airport to Tichit is the Nouakchott International Airport, which is the most important airport of Mauritania, situated around 700 km away from Tichit. This airport handles flights from Dakar, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Abidjan, Casablanca, Bamako, Brazzaville, Casablanca, Conakry, Algiers, Paris, Istanbul and other important African and European destinations.

There is no bus connection from Tichit to any other cities in Mauritania. So it is better to rent a 4×4 to travel Tichitt.


Shopping and Food in Tichit:

Upgraded shops are limited in Tichit but one can find some traditional shops in Tichit, where visitors can purchase typical old beads and grinding implements at affordable prices. Food corners are also less in number in Tichit.


Things to do in Tichit:

  • Exploring archeological sites
  • Visiting museum
  • Shopping


Tourist Attractions in Tichit:


Archeological sites in Tichit:

Due to its archeological importance, the village of Tichit is added to the World Heritage sites list. The most impressive thing about Tichit is vernacular architecture, which can be seen in many historical structures in the village.


Museum in Tichit:

Tichit is home to a museum that showcases the archeological features of the village with well preserved items discovered in different excavations.


Tichit Mosque:

Tichit Mosque is one of the most popular mosques in Mauritania. It attracts both devotees and tourists for its distinct construction and pleasant environment.


Tichitt Airport:

Tichitt hosts an airport but fights are not scheduled. Although receiving no flights, the airport receives tourists for its typical construction and surrounding environment.



Tidjikja is the regional capital of Tagant, situated around 220 km west of Tichitt. It is located on the Tagant plateau, famous among visitors for its vernacular architecture and palm trees. There is also an airport.


Other attractive places near Tichit include:

  • The port of Nouadhibou
  • Parc Naturel Du Cap Blanc
  • French coastal gun emplacement
  • Port Minéralier
  • University of Nouakchott
  • National Museum of Mauritania
  • Franco-Mauritanian Cultural Center
  • Nouakchott Museum
  • Nouakchott Silver Market
  • Banc d’Arguin National Park
  • Beaches in Nouakchott
  • National Library
  • Cathedral of St. Joseph


Ideal time to visit Tichit:

Probably from January to May is the ideal time to visit Tichit in Mauritania.


Where to stay in Tichit?

It is difficult to find a standard hotel in Tichit but the town houses few vacation rentals that open door only during high season, offering all basic facilities. The prominent hotels in Nouakchott (around 700 km from Tichit) are as follows:

  • Boudarge & Inimich Apart-Hotel
  • Chambres d’Hotes Naga
  • Auberge Diaguili
  • Hotel Emira
  • Residence IMAN
  • Hotel Halima
  • Hotel Atlantique Nouakchott
  • Hotel Ikrama
  • Monotel Hotel
  • Hotel Mouna
  • Mauricenter Hotel
  • Maison d’hotes Jeloua
  • Hotel Semiramis Nouakchott
  • Auberge Menata

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