This Pink Salt Lake in Walvis Bay Is Sure to Stun You with Its Sheer Beauty


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You must have visited multiple types of lakes in your life. Some frozen, some a stunning shade of turquoise blue and others might vary from light blue to dark green. What if we tell you that there is a lake which is not blue, not green but completely pink! Yes, you read that right!

A pink coloured lake, called The Pink Lake actually exists and is set in the Walvis Bay city of Namibia in Africa.

Why is it pink?

To give you some context, the coastal city of Walvis Bay has vast spreads of salt deposits in the coastal areas. The city owns one of the three RAMSAR wetlands and produces 90 per cent of salt produced in the sub-saharan Africa. As a result of large-scale salt production and processing in Walvis Bay, large pink lakes with high levels of salt develop in the region.

The lakes are also said to be inhabited by microorganisms that release a reddish-pink substance called beta-carotene as a part of their photosynthesis process.

How to reach:

By Air

There are two-stop flights from New Delhi to Walvis Bay Airport with Air India and Air Nambia. The price for a round trip starts from Rs 2,34,663.

By Road

If you want to take a road trip to Walvis Bay, then you can choose to fly to Windhoek Hosea Kutako from New Delhi and then hire a private car to cover 400 km by road. Round trip fare for this journey starts from ₹ 87,770.

Things to do:

The Pink Salt Lakes of Walvis Bay are one of the most Instagrammed locations on Earth. Social media sites are loaded with pictures of travel bloggers posing with the lake in the background. If you are looking for a place to get some remarkable shots, then head to this place RIGHT NOW!

Dolphins and whale watching

Several tour operators also organise dolphin watching cruise in this coastal city. Witness seals, dolphins and whales putting up a great show in their natural habitat.


Walvis Bay is a bird watcher’s paradise. With a wetland that has been designated to be of international importance, this coastal city attracts a range of migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere. To add to that, Walvis Bay is also home to many varieties of flamingos and pelicans.

Dune 7

When taking a trip to the Pink Salt Lakes, one can also visit the Dune 7. It is the world’s tallest sand dune with an altitude of 383 m.


Walvis Bay has a perfect coastline for windsurfers. Travellers looking for an adrenaline rush and water sport activities should definitely try it out.

Where to Stay:

For Budget Travellers

Theo's Self-Catering for ₹1,600 per night

For Mid-Range Travellers

Kleines Nest Bed and Breakfast for ₹5,000 per night.

For Luxury Travellers

Protea Hotel by Marriott Walvis Bay Pelican Bay for ₹9,500 per night

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Walvis Bay is from August to October since it is considered to be the best time for activities like whale watching and bird watching.

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