Not for nothing is this body of water dubbed "Pink Lake." You have to see it to believe it!

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Lac Rose/Pink Lake

A unique bio-geological oddity well worth a day trip from Dakar.

One of the world's odder quirks of biology and geology lies 32 kilometres (20 miles) north of the Senegalese capital. Lake Retba, 3 square kilometres (just over a square mile) in size, is more commonly referred to as Lac Rose ("Pink Lake") because the water actually does turn pinkish, especially during the dry season, due to its mix of salt water and microscopic algae. The natural setting is lovely, with the way here leading through a wild landscape of baobab trees. There are various villages along the lake shore, and no shortage of locals offering boat rides; you can also have a swim if you like. One thing we would definitely recommend not missing, though, is either a sunrise or sunset over the lake, as the glow of the rising/setting sun on these pinkish waters is especially impressive.

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