Traveling to Mauritania and wondering what is the best way to stay connected on your trip? This is a complete guide for buying a sim card for Mauritania with where to buy a sim card, best 4G/5G network coverage in Mauritania, up to date prices as per July 2022, my recommendations and my experiences, info about buying a sim card at Nouakchott Airport and even info about international and e-sim cards for Mauritania.

The first thing I do when I get to a new country is buying a prepaid sim card. Since I am a full time nomadic world traveler who is also trying to visit every country in the world I constantly get to a lot of new countries. Therefore on Traveltomtom you can already find more than 200 sim card guides from all over the world: Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Istanbul, Turkey, USA, New York, Spain, Madrid, Barcelona, Portugal, Lisbon, France, ParisSaudi Arabia and many more.

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Why buying a sim card for Mauritania

The best way to avoid high roaming charges is a local prepaid sim card or an international sim card. Also don’t let overseas data roaming plans ruin your trip. These plans limit the internet speed abroad and is in most cases just 3G.

Relying on WiFi is a no-go when traveling in Mauritania. Most hotels and guesthouses simply have no WiFi at all and when there is WiFi it is mostly very slow.

Staying connected when traveling to Mauritania makes everything so much easier. Think about using Google Maps for directions, or using translate apps to overcome the language barrier, search for nearby restaurants or hotels. Or what about emergencies and staying in touch with friends and family? 

My recommendation

Traveltomtom recommends a Moov Mauritel prepaid sim card for traveling in Mauritania. They have the best 3G/4G/5G network in Mauritania and they offer affordable prepaid sim card deals for tourists.

Are you traveling to more countries in West Africa then it is worth having a look at a global sim card with data. Check out my comparison of the best global sim cards with data in 2022.

However, the easiest way to stay connected when traveling abroad in 2022 is an e-sim card. 

E-sim card for Mauritania

Arrange everything online within just a couple minutes and keep your own phone number from home. Order an e-sim card for Mauritania, get an email with a code, follow the instructions, apply the settings and you are good to go. Check out the following e-sim card deal for Mauritania:

  • 1 GB data for 7 days = $9.5 USD

Click here to order this Mauritania e-sim card directly online or find more info in the link. This e-sim card operates on the Moov Mauritel network. 

Buying a sim card at Nouakchott International Airport

chinguitel prepaid sim card

The most convenient place to buy a local prepaid sim card is at the airport on arrival. Despite multiple sim card advertisement around thee airport there is unfortunately no shop that sells prepaid sim cards at Nouakchott Airport. I checked everywhere and asked around but everyone told me to buy my prepaid sim card for Mauritania in Nouakchott city center.

If you are traveling in Mauritania on a tour then simply ask your tour guide to buy prepaid sim cards for you and he will have them ready when he picks you up at the airport or at the start of your tour.

Mobile internet operators in Mauritania

There are 3 main mobile internet providers in Mauritania: Mattel, Chinguitel and Moov Mauritel. All of them sell prepaid sim cards for tourists.

Prices for Mauritania sim cards for tourists are pretty cheap. What is way more important is the network coverage, especially in such a less populated country as Mauritania.

Best 3G/4G/5G network in Mauritania in 2022

Therefore let’s have a look at the 3G/4G/5G coverage maps for Mauritania and things will get clear straight away.

Is there 5G in Mauritania?

No, as of July 2022 there is no 5G in Mauritania yet. As you can see from the below mobile internet coverage maps you can already be happy if you find a 3G signal away from Nouakchott, the capital city.

Chinguitel 4G/5G network coverage map

chinguitel 3g 4g 5g network coverage map mauritania

Mattel 4G/5G network coverage map

mattel 3g 4g 5g network coverage map mauritania

Moov Mauritel 4G/5G network coverage map

moov mauritel 3g 4g 5g network coverage map mauritania

When looking for the best sim card for Mauritania it all comes down to the network coverage! It is a very simple conclusion that Moov Mauritel has the best 3G/4G/5G network in Mauritania in 2022.

Prices Mauritania sim cards in 2022

At the time of research in July 2022 the Mauritanian Ouguiya to the USD currency exchange was 100 MRU = $2.75 USD.

Chinguitel

With a Chinguitel prepaid sim card you can activate one of the following data plans:

  • 2 GB data for 30 days = 100 MRU
  • 4 GB data for 30 days = 200 MRU
  • 7 GB data for 30 days = 300 MRU

For more info see the Chinguitel Mauritania website.

Mattel

A Mattel prepaid sim card gives you the following data plan options:

  • 2.5 GB data for 7 days = 100 MRU
  • 6 GB data for 30 days = 200 MRU
  • 15 GB data for 30 days = 400 MRU

For more info see the Mattel Mauritania website.

Moov Mauritel

A Moov Mauritel prepaid sim card has the following data plans available:

  • 2.5 GB data for 7 days = 100 MRU
  • 6 GB data for 30 days = 200 MRU
  • 10 GB data for 30 days = 300 MRU
  • 20 GB data for 30 days = 500 MRU

For more info check the Moov Mauritel website

Best sim card for Mauritania

moov mauritel prepaid sim card

Prices for prepaid sim cards and data plans in Mauritania are pretty cheap and for just a couple dollars you already get a decent data bundle. However, as shown before the 3G/4G/5G network strength is what makes a difference between the mobile internet operators in Mauritania.

And therefore it is a very simple conclusion that Moov Mauritel is the best sim card for Mauritania in 2022. Especially for people traveling around the country, but also for those business travelers that only stay in Nouakchott and are looking for the fastest data speed in Mauritania. Moov Mauritel is the only operator offering an LTE phone signal in Mauritania.

Also a last reminder for those looking for an e-sim card. You can arrange everything online by ordering an e-sim card for Mauritania directly through this link. You will keep your own phone number from home and this e-sim card also operates on the Moov Mauritel network.

I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card for Mauritania were helpful for your upcoming trip. May you have any questions please leave me a comment below.

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Enjoy your trip to Mauritania!

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