A desire to change air? A desire to discover while stretching your legs? At 35 km from Dakar, the pink lake is a good solution and above all, a must when visiting Senegal. However, the ideal conditions must be met to enjoy this show.
The pink lake is not always pink! It is therefore necessary to know how to go at the right time to enjoy this jewel of Senegal, one of the most visited sites in the country. If the lake holds its color of the presence of micro-organism, the color is only visible when the sky is blue and the windy weather. Indeed, the movement of algae, under the effect of the wind, and can reactivate these microorganisms to give full color to the lake. It is therefore necessary to provide the appropriate weather conditions to benefit from this view.
But the lake does not only have the particularity of being pink. It is also incredibly concentrated in salt since it contains between 80 and 300 grams of salt per liter of water. By way of comparison, the sea contains 32 g / L. This allows everyone to test the flotation properties offered by the lake. Visitors can then swim for more or less float depending on the salt concentration.
In addition to this rather playful aspect, it is also a wealth for the surrounding inhabitants. Salt extraction is an intense activity that never stops on the small lake. Men smear themselves with shea oil to reduce the irritation of salt, and enter the lake to harvest the salt. On the riverbank, women play the relay to carry salt and market it. This exploitation is a source of income for the inhabitants but it is also a threat for the lake. As salt regeneration becomes more difficult due to overexploitation, the ecosystem is in danger and the lake surface is shrinking.
But besides salt, the inhabitants have developed other economic activities. Tourism has also become an essential resource. This is also seen in the number of vendors who come to dock you as soon as you put your foot on the bank. In addition to the small shops of sculptures and paintings, several activities are proposed around the lake.
The canoe trips on the lake and allow to enjoy its color and go around. Beyond, the lake is also bordered by sand dunes and the sea is not far. We can walk on foot, depending on the weather, the desire and the energy. But it is also possible to take camel rides or, if the mood sportier, you can cross the dunes in 4x4 or quad for more adrenaline and adventure! Still, the surrounding landscape is magnificent and stretches as far as the eye can see.
The lake is accessible by bus from Dakar but you have to know how to find yourself among the entanglement of the bus lines and the all-round advice of the Dakar, almost never compliant with each other. It is also possible to get there by Taxi for about 10 000 CFA. The return can, him, be done by bus since some wait directly on the spot to return on Dakar. However, one must know how to be patient because one must count, at the very least, the double of time.
In any case, the visit of Lake Rose offers a beautiful day for visitors to Senegal. Near Dakar, it is an island full of surprise and wonder. You just have to know how to choose the right time to go, and above all, do not go wrong!