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Pink Lake (Retba)

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Magical lake

The lake itself is really well worth a visit, as you can't find many pink lakes in the world... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Pink Lake (Retba)

Lake Retba, better known as Pink Lake, owes its fame to its tint that turns from pink to mauve... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2016
Patrick D
Warsaw, Poland
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A true natural phenomenon located only 30 miles from Dakar, the highly saline Pink Lake lives up to its name.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good54%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

The lake itself is really well worth a visit, as you can't find many pink lakes in the world. However in March, when I was there, the water wasn't that pink. The colour depends on the amount of sunlight. In some areas it was close...More

3  Thank zsrepasy
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Lake Retba, better known as Pink Lake, owes its fame to its tint that turns from pink to mauve depending on the intensity of the sun's rays. The lake is a large shallow lagoon, located a few hundred meters from the ocean and surrounded by...More

2  Thank Patrick D
Reviewed 9 October 2016

The day we visited it was not the perfect day for the lake to be at it brightest pink color, but it was nice trip, our guide explained to us about the lake, you can have a boat trip and have a dip if you...More

2  Thank boudi81
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Nice lake but is it worth a visit? First of all the road from Dakar is not easy, it goes through the smallest villages with massive traffic due to the very slow moving cars and tracks, wondering people and donkeys. The lake itself is quite...More

3  Thank Alex F
Reviewed 12 July 2016

This unique body of water is located about an hour north of Dakar. If you are arriving into DKR airport in the morning, go see this lake and then go to check into your Dakar hotel, otherwise you will have to double back. A taxi...More

6  Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Swimming in lac rose is soooo relaxing. Water is so dense due to salt presence. Because of algaes, the lake has pinkish colour. It might be not visible at the very first sight, but just move your head a bit or move a bit -...More

2  Thank Daria S
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a great place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dakar. It should cost about 10,000 cfa in a taxi to get there. Some parts of the lake seem pinker than others, but it is still picturesque. You...More

2  Thank Natkrys
Reviewed 16 May 2016

If you do decide to visit the Pink Lake, you must take a dip into the waters ! That's what makes it all worth it...at least for me !! Left Dakar at around 9 am and reached there around 10 am. Could have done a...More

4  Thank Bina V
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Lake Retba is indeed quite pink. The color varies a lot so you won't always get the full pink surface visible from the edge. We actually had to get on the boat and move away from the shore to really see the "pinkness" but it...More

Thank Oliver R
Reviewed 24 March 2016

if you are there in the season when the season is right and pink color is visible, go and visit the place. It's not a long drive from Dakar so you can do a half day trip. If the weather is right the pink color...More

Thank Sim0na_2013
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