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Location: 50 km north of Zouerate.
Open: All year daily.
Fee: Only complete trips which include mine.
Classification: MineIron Mine
Light: electric/provided.
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1952 iron ores discovered near Kedia d'Idjil.
1958 concessions on iron extraction are given to Miferma, Société des mines de fer de Mauritanie, which is almost entirely owned by European interests.
1960 extraction of iron starts.
1974 Miferma is nationalized by the Mauritanian state.
1981 more iron ore discovered at Guelb, 35 km north of Zouerate.
1990 more iron ore discovered at Mhadaouat, 65 km from Zouerate.



Zouerate is a mining town in the Sahara desert. In two nearby mines, Guelbs/Kedia, 30 km from Zouerate, and MHaoudat, 55 km northeast of Zouerate, iron ore is mined in enormous amounts. The mines are open cast mines, the ores are hematite with about 60% iron and megnetite with about 40% iron. 15 million tons of iron ore per year are mined and transported by the longest mine trains of the world 700 km through the desert to the coast.

Mauritania is a country which is not very well developed for tourism. The mines are operating mines, and the visit of the mines is a sort of public relations enterprise. The trips to the mine and the mine visits are organized by local tour organizers. It seems there is no possibility to visit them individually.