Tidjikja is not an exciting place to arrive at, nor is it the real
destination; that is simply to have arrived from across the desert.
Of course, the obsessional Mauritanian security so the first thing
is to register with the gendarmerie, but then we are free to wander
around the rather pointless town. There is little to see or
do, just a few ruins similar to all the other desert towns and a
tatty new town.
There are a couple of
half-decent auberges and diesel and food and water, but we push on
and are delightfully surprised by the amazing views, landscape and
vastness of the desert from the comfort of a proper asphalt road
leading down from the plateau to the sand dunes of the valley below.
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