So, If you have read my Previous post or follow me on Facebook, you know I am DETERMINED to go to this pink lake in Senegal. I found the information online before I went to Senegal and found this truly amazing. When I saw the lake in real life, it didn’t FAIL ME AT ALL. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful lake I have seen in my life….cus I Love everything PINK:)
I hired a tour guide which I found on Lonely Planet Website and he is highly recommended! He is also the tour guide who help JAPAN NHK TV to film a documentary in Mali and he had traveled around West Africa for many many time. It’s a one hour drive from Dakar to the Pink Lake and when I first saw the Pink Lake from the distance I was like…WOW.
The lake is Pink in color which is caused by some harmless halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s high-salinity environment. The color is particularly visible during the dry season which is right NOW. If you swim in this lake, you will never drown!
Many salt collectors work 6–7 hours a day in the lake, which has a salt content close to 4%, or 40 PPT (Parts Per Thousand). In order to protect their skin, they rub their skin with “Beurre de Karité” (Shea Butter), which is an emollient used to avoid tissue damage
The men are responsible to get the salt from the Lake on a boat and the women will help to transport them to the truck.
And there are some local trying to see you African Accessories.
After that we had lunch at a hotel/restaurant.
This lake is also the end stop of the Africa Race, so many car racers signed their name on the wall of the restaurant:)
My day so far have been great in Senegal, although they always raise the price when I tried to get a taxi or tried to buy something. But so far, I feel safe and happy. So, until next time, cheers:)