Devils pool at sunset

Devils pool at sunset

Resorts around the world boast of unique swimming pools but many believe the ultimate (and most dangerous?) infinity pool is located high on the edge of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders and among the most spectacular sights in all Africa.

Victoria Falls is home to bungee jumping, gorge-swinging, white-water rafting and every extreme sport you can imagine, this is not a “hold-your-hand” environment.

Devil’s pool is situated adjacent to the famous Livingstone Island run and operated by Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia.

With a width of 5,604 feet and a height of 354 feet, Victoria Falls is considered the largest waterfall in the world, forming one of the world’s largest sheets of water. But that doesn’t prevent hundreds of adventurers a year from swimming in the “Devil’s Pool,” a naturally formed pool of water on the edge of the waterfall.

Devils pools 4Although the pool is shallow, and there is a safety line for those caught in the current on Devil’s Pool, it is recommended that only adept swimmers brave the waters near the edge.

 

You won’t get swept down by the force of the falls because of a natural rock wall just below the surface. This is as close as you can get to the thunderous roar and permanent rainbows that adorn this magnificent Natural World Wonder.

A guide will tell you exactly where to jump, make sure you bring your camera! Once everyone in the group has jumped safely and you are sitting on the rock wall, the guide will hold your ankles and you can lie and hang your arms over the edge. It is truly fantastic to look down on rainbows, hear the roar of the waterfall as it thunders past you, and look far, far down into the frothy spray below.

Known locally as Mosi-ao-Tunya (or “The Smoke that Thunders”), Victoria Falls is known for its deafening, thunderous spray of water, which can be seen from 30 miles away. During the rainy season, 300 million gallons of water cascade over the falls every second, according to PBS.

Fast facts about Devils Pool:  
Location Adjacent to Livingstone Island on the Zambian side
Best time to go September until end of January
Width of Victoria Falls 5 604 feet
Height of Victoria Falls 354 feet
Amount of water flow per second in rainy season 300 million gallons

 

Devil’s Pool is adjacent to Livingstone Island on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River. This is where David Livingstone first set eyes on the Victoria Falls remarking “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight“.

Tourists who have climbed the rocks and waded through the water to reach the Devil’s Pool have called the experience “an adrenaline rush,” and “a dip in the Devil’s Pool is better than bungee jumping.”

The Devil’s Pool experience is popular and is only possible when conditions are right, usually September to the end of January. Tongabezi owns Livingstone Island and operates 5 tours a day, with a maximum of 12 people per tour.

You can e-mail them directly at: reservations@tongabezi.com

You can also book a tour through recommended operators in Zambia and Zimbabwe, they include: Safari Par Excellence, Wild Horizons, and Shear Water Adventure.

Devils pool 2To view a brief video of Devils Pool click here.

 

 

 

 

 

By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 11 June 2013