Lac Rose, Senegal
29-30 May 2021
Latitude: 14° 41′ N
Longitude: 17° 26′ W
Elevation above sea level: 22 m
Average daytime temp May: 26° Celsius
Already a star of the elite rally circuit, Senegal features as the closing stage of the renowned Paris-Dakar.
Just metres from Senegal’s Atlantic coast, Lac Rose is a natural wonder, its delicate pink waters and the pure white pillars of salt collecting around its shores give the lake an other worldly feel.
The lake sits less than 100m from the Atlantic coast that is currently being eaten away by high tides, with houses disappearing into the sea every week.
A completely different prospect to racing on tarmac, the sand dunes will test the drivers to their limits, not to mention how the sand may affect the vehicle itself! Needless to say the teams will need all their expertise to excel in this race.
Senegal’s Lac Rose was chosen as a location to draw attention to the environmental impact that is literally eating away this part of the Atlantic coast. The high tides are causing houses, schools, mosques and shops to disappear into the sea every week!
Extreme E is teaming up with local NGO Oceanium to plant one million mangrove trees in Senegal with the aim of reforesting, providing education and improving social cohesion.