VISITING THE DEVIL'S POOL, VICTORIA FALLS


Would you dare swim in natural pool overlooking the edge of one of the world's most powerful waterfalls? I have (and lived to tell the story), and it was one of the most surreal, thrilling, exhilarating, and EPIC experiences I have ever had. I think it's safe to say that the Devil's Pool is the ultimate infinity pool - made more incredible by the fact that it is natural.
Located near the edge of the Victoria Falls on Livingstone Island on the Zambian side, this is something for thrill seekers willing to swim in, lean over the edge, and peer over the brim of the largest curtain of falling water in the world. This experience is every bit as incredible as it looks, and worthy of its fame.
You'll have to swim across the Zambezi. Before arriving at the actual pool where the falls are, you will have to swim a short distance across the Zambezi (no more than 5/10 minutes) from Livingston Island to the Devil's Pool. The first part of the swim is against the current, while the second part is down current which makes it a bit easier. You will also be escorted by at least 2 guides whose main focus is to ensure that everyone is safe. If you're a weak swimmer, you have the option of walking across the river while holding hands with the guide in waist deep water. However, if you don't know how to swim at all I would not advise you participate in this activity at all. It's just not worth the risk.
Is it Safe? This is usually the first question people ask after finding out about the Devil's Pool and for me, the answer is yes. I'm able bodied, a decent swimmer, and was able to fully enjoy swimming in the pool without feeling like I was ever in danger. However, I am also someone who loves adventure and has done things like skydiving in the past - so this was an activity right up my alley. As with everything else in life, you will have to decide for yourself if you are willing to take the very real and significant risks that come with this kind of activity (you have to sign a waiver before participating). Beyond falling over the edge of the pool to your death, there is the very rare (but real) chance that crocs or hippos could be in the waters. But after speaking to my guides, I was told that there have never been any deaths or casualties on record at Devil's Pool during the Livingstone Island tour, which I believe is the only official tour operating at the pool. But you get to decide for yourself.
While I personally was not able to do them, there are several other ways to experiences Victoria Falls if you're not able or interested in going to the Devil's Pool. You can take a hike on any one of the many hiking trails, or do other adventurous activities like bungee jump off The Victoria Falls Bridge (at a height of 364 feet/111 meters), gorge-swinging, zip-lining, abseiling and white-water rafting. Taking a helicopter ride above the falls is also sure to grant you some serious views.