Also known as: Boutlimit, Būtilimīt, Butilimit, Butlimit

Manuscripts, Mahdara and Manufacture

Boutilimit is located in the southwestern region of Trarza and is embedded in three of our southern tours through Mauritania. The town is best known for its elaborate carpets made of goat and camel hair. Also leather and woodwork, teapots and enamels from Boutilimit are appreciated nationwide. Although the city was founded only in the 19th century, it was and still is considered one of the most important religious centers (Arab. Zāwiya) in the country. Numerous manuscripts are found here, and a few years ago a copy of a script by Averroes (Arab. Ibn Rushd), hitherto unknown worldwide, was found - a sensation, after all, he is one of the most important Islamic scholars of all. But it is not only classical Islamic education that is held in high esteem in Boutilimit; in 1914, Mauritania's first modern school also opened in this city. Culturally and historically, Boutilimit and Aleg are much more closely linked to Mauritanian national independence than Chinguetti or Nouakchott, for example. We recommend, as provided in our tours, to combine a tour to Boutilimit with Aleg, also the Diawling National Park or the border crossing Rosso can be well integrated.


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 Tours including Boutilimit

Tagant Aoukar Tour
Between Mali Empire and Almoravids - On the traces of the history of the South
14 Day(s)
16 Destinations
2700 km
3 Languages
Adrar Tagant Aoukar Tour
More than 3000 km of desert, oases, mountains and petroglyphs
14 Day(s)
21 Destinations
3050 km
3 Languages

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Boutilimit

What does "Boutilimit" mean in translation?
According to the cultural geographer Thomas Krings, "Boutilimit" stands for "place where millet grows.
What is worth visiting Boutilimit for?
The city itself is worth visiting for its religious and craft significance alone. Even today, the famous camel saddles (Hassaniya: rāḥla) and the armchairs (Hassaniya: ṣurmīye), which are important for a nomadic Mauritanian culture close to the soil, are still made there, among other things.
Are there sleeping facilities for visitors within Boutilimit?
Yes, both hotels and auberges exist in the city.
What is characteristic of the townscape?
Boutilimit is not an old town and was never planned for larger numbers of inhabitants. The Western Sahara conflict and droughts in the 1970s and 1980s led to a population growth that the town has still not been able to cope with. Numerous people still live on the outskirts of the city in tents and tent-like dwellings.