Lac Rose

From time to time we try to bring you something that is rarely seen on this planet. This is without a doubt one of those places and we definitely suggest you check it out. Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar. It is so named for its pink waters, caused by a type of halophile green micro-algae in the water. Once the lake water reaches a salinity level greater than that of sea water, the temperature is high enough and adequate light conditions are provided, the alga begins to accumulate the red pigment beta carotene. The color is particularly visible during the dry season.

The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and is often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally. Since this lake is in Senegal you won’t be coming just to see Lac Rose, because the country has so many other attractions that are amazing and worth a visit.

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