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Swimming in Devil’s Pool

By Ilala Lodge on September 19, 2013


Many would agree that perhaps the word ‘dare’ was inadvertently left off the name “Devil’s Pool”, as this activity is most certainly not for the weak-willed.

An infinity pool with a difference

Comprising of a natural rock pool on the very edge of Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) there is only a lip of rock which serves as protection from being swept from this shallow pool to a 300m drop below, as water cascades over the edge at a rate of 3000 tons per second.  In order to get to warm pool itself, one has to clamber over rocks and through parts of the river – a walk that takes a couple of hours with a guide who never leaves you to decipher the terrain on your own, it is all carefully explained and navigated.

A leap of faith

Once there, it takes a literal leap of faith from a rock to get you into the water.  If you are one of the very brave, you can peer over the edge to see the rainbows caused by the magnificent spray from the water that falls with a thunderous crash below.  Of course this cannot be done without someone, usually your guide, holding your feet to prevent you from going over.

Take the plunge

In spite of the danger, swimming in the Devils pool is one of the most popular tourist attractions, and is often cited as being on a list of “things to do before you die”.  Although it should not be attempted by less than competent swimmers, every effort has been made to ensure visitors safety by using experienced guides and only opening the pool when the water is at its lowest level, usually between September and January.  There is also a safety line to hold onto once in the water, as many misjudge the strength of the current.

Set adjacent to Livingstone Island on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, it is a thrill seekers paradise and an enthralling travel story experience that you will tell for a lifetime.

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