It is no secret that Africa is among the most amazing places on earth and home to a myriad of natural wonders, yet this particular element has somewhat of a fairytale-ish feel to it.
Lake Retba (also known as Lac Rose meaning pink lake, considering that French is the prevailing language in Senegal) is situated on the Cap Vert peninsula in Senegal, approximately 30km north of Dakar and truly does have this wonderful pink coloration to it, to the point that it almost looks surreal!
Of course, there is a perfectly proven scientific explanation to the phenomenon and the water is not actually pink because it’s made up of strawberry milkshake or was fairy-dusted as part of a spell. The lake’s tint is in fact a result of a strong concentration of salt (equal to 1.5 times that of the Dead Sea!) which makes it an optimal habitat for halo-bacterium (single-celled salt-loving microorganisms) which are typically purple or red in color.
The water’s nuance of pink can actually vary throughout the day, in accordance with the amount of sunlight present on the lake, ranging from a slightly purple color to a deep and rich pink one.