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Lake Retba (or Lac Rose), situated in Senegal’s Cap Vert peninsula and just 20km from Dakar, is a natural wonder. It is named for its extraordinary waters, which are a vivid shade of orange-pink. The colour is the work of microalgae called Dunaliella salina. They survive here due to the lake’s vast salt content, which is so high that you can recreate the floating trick made famous by the Dead Sea. Lying between white sand dunes and under bright-blue West African skies, it is truly spectacular.

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