Mauritania contains one of the longest and and most dangerous train rides in the world. Used to transport iron ore from central Mauritania to the coast, the 437-mile journey is free for those who are willing to brave the hot desert winds and piercing iron dust. On it’s journey, the train passes through some of Mauritania’s most ancient sites.
This desolate landscape was once populated with caravans transporting salt from the south of the country, and gold from the north. This rugged journey ended consisted of a few stops that still stand today, holding onto some of Mauritania’s incredible heritage. The town of Chinguetti is home to 5 libraries, some of which contain manuscripts dating back to the 10th century. These manuscripts cover a variety of topics ranging from astronomy, to mathematics and medicine. They are often saught after by the academic community, making it more and more difficult to keep them in Mauritania.
Although its trade route was once widely traveled, Mauritania’s iron ore train is something that most people will never get a chance to experience. In this 360 immersive experience, Seeker Correspondent, Addison O'Dea travels across the Western Sahara in Mauritania.