A look at lake Retba, Senegal’s pink lake that fascinates tourists

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A lake that is pink? The fact that this natural wonder of the world exists may astound you.




Fortunately, this breathtaking scenery can be found in Africa, specifically in Dakar, Senegal.

Lake Retba, also known as Le lac rose, is located a few kilometres north of Dakar, Senegal’s capital. The lake is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow stretch of golden sand dunes and has an extremely high salt content of about 40% on average.

According to science, the lake’s colour is caused by the Dunaliella salina bacteria, which is drawn to the lake’s salt content.

The bacteria produce a red pigment to absorb sunlight, giving the lake its pink colour, which is most visible during the dry season, which runs from November to June, and less so during the rainy season, which runs from July to October.


According to a previous CNN report, before the lake assumed its current condition, men used to fish in it, but by the 1970s, locals began to collect and sell salt for income following a period of economic hardship and drought, according to the news site.

It should be noted that Lake Retba is not the only pink lake in the world, but it is Africa’s first.

Meanwhile, Lake Hillier in Australia is an equally impressive natural wonder.

We’re guessing that the next time you visit Senegal, you’ll stop in Dakar to see this incredible sight that continues to captivate tourists all over the world.

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