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



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A pink lake? The fact that this wonder of the world truly exists would possibly blow your mind away.

Fortunately, this breathtaking scenery is found in Africa, precisely Dakar in Senegal.

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

Scientifically, the lake derives its colour from the Dunaliella salina bacteria, which is attracted by the lake’s salt content.

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

A previous report shared by CNN says before the lake assumed its present condition, men used to fish fishing in it but by the 1970s, locals started to collect and sell salt for income following a period of economic hardships and drought, according to a report by the news site.

It must be noted that Lake Retba is not the only pink lake in the world but of course, the very first in Africa.

Meanwhile, there is another one in Australia named lake Hillier which is equally impressive.

We guess the next time you take a trip to Senegal, you might make a stopover in Dakar to view this incredible sight that continues to hold tourists across the world spellbound.



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Written by Micheal Owusu

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