Terjit (oasis)

Also known as: Tarjit, Tarǧīt, Tergit

Water fun, bees and date groves

Rescue in the desert. If you want to know what meaning a life-giving place can have in the middle of the Sahara, you should come to Terjit in the heat of summer. Admittedly, it is more pleasant in the main season between November and April, when the heat is less muggy and the oasis stream in Terjit becomes a river. But don't worry: bathing is possible all year round. Terjit is located on the western edge of the Adrar Plateau, less than an hour's drive from Atar. Situated in a gorge protected from the sun on three sides by high rock walls, Mauritania's most beautiful oasis has been able to develop here. Among bees, date palms and hidden shady spots, tea breaks, water fun and even climbing are possible. The nearby hostels offer sleeping facilities and invite you to enjoy sumptuous meals with a dreamlike view of the settlement and the horizon. Sunset dinner at the end of the world. In front of the oasis is a village whose inhabitants often spend the day under shady date palms. Therefore, it may well happen that you are invited to tea on your way through Terjit and strike up a conversation with the inhabitants. Incidentally, the desert oasis of Terjit is by no means only a multi-faceted place to be, but also historically significant. Unsurprisingly, due to its peculiarity, the place was the site of religious ceremonies, weddings and even coronations of princes in the past.


  • Terjit oasis
  • Water sources
  • Local architecture (Tikit)
  • Date groves
  • Rock face

Highly appreciated and enchantingly beautiful

No wonder the oasis of Terjit is the heart of the department of Aoujeft and one of the most popular sights in Mauritania. Terjit is included in all our Adrar tours and due to its location is often used as the first sightseeing point after Nouakchott. We recommend a one-day stay, an overnight stay is easily possible but not necessary.

 Tours including Terjit (oasis)

Adrar Tagant Aoukar Tour
More than 3000 km of desert, oases, mountains and petroglyphs
14 Day(s)
21 Destinations
3050 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 Terjit (oasis)

Is Terjit embedded in every Adrar tour offered?
Yes, Terjit is embedded by default and is visited by us on every tour.
What distinguishes Terjit from Mhaireth and Tanouchert, for example?
Terjit is the only oasis in the Adrar region where there is natural flowing water. The natural pool is also unique, offering virtually the only opportunity in Mauritania to safely enter an inland body of water. The bees of Terjit, which live along the dripping rock walls, are also not found elsewhere. Terjit is the best known and most visited oasis in Mauritania.
What kind of accommodation is available in Terjit?
There are several auberges in the immediate vicinity. The one we use most often can boast a beautiful property, gorgeous views, varied cuisine and sleeping tents!
Are women also allowed to use the natural pool?
Although Mauritania is a strictly religious country, there have never been any problems in this regard. Separate or mixed groups of all genders are allowed to use the pool.
Is there a max. group size for Terjit visits?
No, this remains solely a question of organization. Groups of 10 people + are also absolutely possible.