Kazakhstan's pink-colored Lake Kobeytuz

Social media is flooded with images of Lake Kobeytuz, which has turned pink. The waterway is conveniently located two hours of driving from the capital and visitors cannot get enough of it.

Famous for its healing mud and colour change every several years, Lake Kobeytuz is a landmark of Ereymentau, a city in the Akmola region Kazakhstan. Scientists have been trying to solve the mystery behind the metamorphosis for years and have finally learned the culprit is dunaliella salina, a type of halophile green micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields. Due to the ability to create large amounts of carotenoids, it creates a reddish hue. People use D. Salina in cosmetics and dietary supplements for its antioxidant activity and taking baths in the waters also has beneficial effects.

One way to reach the lake is by using the services of a travel company. Kompas.asia, which organizes weekend tours from the capital, is forming a 7,000 tenge (US$18) day trip to the pink lake on Sept. 15. The price includes transfer to and from the city, a guided walking tour and photo report.