Banc d'Arguin National Park

Also known as: Banc d'Ārkīn, Banc d'Arguim

Between bird colonies and Imraguen fishermen

Banc d'Arguin is one of Mauritania's two national parks and the only place in the country with UNESCO World Natural Heritage status (since 1989). The coastal area between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou is extremely diverse in flora and fauna - apparently endless sand dunes, a breathtaking mudflat landscape and, last but not least, the 8 km long Arguin sandbank that provides the park with its name. Tens of thousands of migratory birds have been wintering in this protected and fish-rich area since the year one. For example, Banc d'Arguin is considered one of the most important wintering grounds in the world for the whimbrel bird. Northern Europe's wading birds also find a home here during the - in Mauritania - not so cold season. Water birds such as cormorants, pelicans and flamingos, which have their nesting place here, can be observed all year round. But the nature reserve is also home to mammals and reptiles - dolphins, monk seals and dorkas gazelles also live in the coastal region. From Cap Timiris in the south to Cap Blanc in the north, Banc d'Arguin covers an area of 12000 km². We also afford overnight stays on site. If you like, we cover a part of the route on the Ebbsand track instead of asphalt - so even the journey becomes the reward. Banc d'Arguin is embedded in two of our tours and can be added as a destination to other tours if you like- for example as the terminal point of a trip to the Adrar.


  • Beach track
  • Whale skeleton Cap Iwik
  • Cap Tafarit
  • Cap Timiris
  • Ten Aloul (village)
  • Bird Sanctuary
  • Flora & Fauna

Your trip to Banc d'Arguin

The Banc d'Arguin National Park functions at least for two things: a fantastic coastline for swimming, beach walks and boat trips, and an adventure spot for wildlife and nature observation. On a fishing boat excursion, you can get closer to marine animals from the water. By the way, the national park is not only home to numerous animal species. People also live here, like the coastal fishermen of Imraguen who are spread over several villages. They are known for their unique fishing method in cooperation with porpoises.

 Tours including Banc d'Arguin National Park

Banc d'Arguin National Park Tour
Off to West Africa's largest colony - home to countless water birds
3 Day(s)
10 Destinations
500 km
3 Languages
Mauritania National Parks Tour
Once the capital, twice nature conservation please
4 Day(s)
9 Destinations
900 km
3 Languages
Adrar Tour (Short)
Three days of relaxation, action and education in the heart of Mauritania
3 Day(s)
7 Destinations
1700 km
3 Languages
Adrar Tour (Standard)
Terjit, Chinguetti, Ouadane, Guilb er Richat and a train ride like no other
6 Day(s)
13 Destinations
2350 km
3 Languages
Adrar Tour (Extended)
The classic cities, the most beautiful oases and finally the ride on the train
13 Day(s)
20 Destinations
2600 km
3 Languages

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Banc d'Arguin National Park

What does Banc d'Arguin mean?
Supposedly, the term arguin goes back to a Berber term for a local plant; banc, in turn, is the French word for sandbank.
Is it possible to take boat trips in Banc d'Arguin?
You bet! There are several possible starting points, for example in Cap Iwik.
Are swimming, fishing and camping possible on site?
Is a two-day overnight stay also worthwhile?
For those who like to enjoy the peace and quiet and spend time on the beach, in the villages, on the boat or in and around the water, two nights in BdA are definitely not too long. In any case, there is enough variety. But if you just want to have a look and then go to the next spot, you should not stay longer than one night.
Is Diawling so similar to Banc d'Arguin?
No, both have only in common that they are versatile nature parks and retreats for birds. Otherwise, it's Atlantic vs. safari, beach vs. savannah and dolphins vs. warthogs!