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These natural phenomena might seem unique to us, but you'd be surprised to know just how many salt lakes there are in the world! These lakes have been around for thousands, maybe millions of years, and here are just 30 of the most beautiful.
Lake Retba, Senegal
Not only is it one of the saltiest lakes in the world, but the incredible pink colour of Lake Retba makes it particularly special. Located about 30 miles away from Senegal's capital, Dakar, Retba is known by locals as Lac Rose or Pink Lake in French. It's separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a few kilometers of narrow dunes, and mainly serves for salt production in the area. Fun fact: its unique colour is due to the presence of the Dunaliella salina, a harmless bacteria that produces a red pigment inside the lake in order to absorb sunlight.
Namak Lake, Iran
Namak Lake is located in the middle of the desert in Iran and is famous for its impressive dry surface. Out of the entire 690 square miles of surface area, less than half a square mile is covered in water. That makes it possible for visitors to walk on the thick, impressive layers of salt across the lake bed. What makes it even more special is the stillness of its surroundings. It's a perfect spot for travellers in search of silence and self reflection.
The Great Salt Lake, USA
The Great Salt Lake is the largest lake in the Western Hemisphere and is one of the most famous bodies of water in Utah. It's possible to bike or walk around this huge prehistoric lake via its many hiking and biking trails. The lake is a popular spot for recreation, with sailing, kayaking, birdwatching and even swimming! But it's also great for just taking in the breathtaking views of the lake's wildlife and the surrounding mountains. For art lovers, the Great Salt Lake is home to the Spiral Jetty, a giant land-art installation by the American sculptor Robert Smithson.
The Dead Sea, Jordan and Israel
The Dead Sea It is a must-visit for all travellers to Israel or Jordan. The lake's shore is the Earth's lowest point on dry land and its water is some of the saltiest in the world, almost ten times higher than the ocean! Lather yourself in the lake's natural supply of mud, which will feel just like a luxurious spa treatment. Due to the presence of minerals, the Dead Sea is believed to have healing properties that will leave your body relaxed and rejuvenated. It's the perfect place to take care of yourself while enjoying a stunning view!
Lake Assal, Djibouti
Lake Assal is located in a volcano crater, and is a must-see while in Djibouti. It's considered one of the country's national treasures and is the lowest point on the entire African continent. This salt lake is easily accessible by car and offers unique scenery, with its vibrant turquoise water. Visitors float on the lake's warm waters, surrounded by a shoreline made almost entirely of salt! Also don't be surprised if you meet trains of camels and donkeys here, since they are still used by locals to transport bags of salt across the desert. It's also possible for travellers to go on an unforgettable camel trek along the shores of Lake Assal.