If you are looking for a taste of life on the edge, this just has to be the place.
A famous feature of the Victoria Falls at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia is the naturally formed Devil’s Pool, near the edge of the falls on Livingstone Island on the Zambian side.
It is created each year at the fringes of Victoria Falls, when the dry season reduces water levels to create what has been likened to the ultimate infinity pool.
Hundreds of thrill-seekers descend on the falls, on Zambia’s border with Zimbabwe, clambering across rocks and wading through shallows across the precipice to reach the pool.
The river flow has to be at a certain level, usually between September and December, allowing adventurous swimmers to splash around in relative safety.
Occasional deaths have been reported when people have slipped over the rock barrier.
The numbers of visitors to the Zimbabwean side of the falls has historically been much higher than the number visiting the Zambia side, due to the greater development of the visitor facilities there.
The most daring visitors jump in and allow themselves to be carried towards the falls at terrifying speed. They are just inches from the edge when the rock lip brings them to a halt as the raging waters of the Zambezi crash over the edge a few feet away.
Almost 300,000 people visit the falls annually, and this Is expected to rise to over a million in the next decade.
|Fast facts about Victoria Falls:|
|Width||1 708 meters|
|The spray from the falls can reach up to||400 meters in the air and be seen from up to 48km away|
|Highest recorded flow||12 800 cubic meters per second|
Unlike the game parks, Victoria Falls has more Zimbabwean and Zambian visitors than international tourists; the attraction is accessible by bus and train, and is therefore comparatively inexpensive to reach.
The two countries permit tourists to make day trips from each side and visas can be obtained at the border posts.
Visitors with single entry visas will need to purchase a visa each time they cross the border.
Regular changes in visa regulations mean visitors should check the rules before crossing the border.
Date: 31 August 2013