You have probably seen pictures of the most famous natural infinity pool in the world but nothing really prepares you to swim in Devils Pool which is located right at the top of Victoria Falls in Zambia.
This experience was frightening and thrilling all rolled in to one and it certainly got my adrenalin going during my recent visit to Livingstone in Zambia during my 11 week overland trip.
Firstly BOOK DEVILS POOL WELL IN ADVANCE. Our tour leader got us booked into Devils Pool at least three days prior to our arrival in Livingstone so none of us were left disappointed. We booked through our camp site booking office but there are places all over town where you can pre book excursions.
To get a little perspective this is a photo I took from the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls. This is the view of Devils Pool from the outside looking on.
You can choose different time slots for Devils Pool – we went for the early morning slot as not only was it the cheapest it meant we got the rest of the day to explore Livingstone. The cost of the Devils Pool morning slot with breakfast was $100USD and at the time I thought it was super expensive but after the experience it really was worth every penny.
Devils Pool is located on Livingstone Island and is just a short boat ride from the luxury hotel The Royal Livingstone. We arrived at the plush hotel and were ushered down to the waterfront where we all filled in paper work, we basically had to sign our lives away which was a little daunting at the time.
We hopped on small speed boats and headed down the Zambezi River, in the short boat journey we saw a huge elephant grazing on the edge of the river which was amazing to see. As the boat docked on Livingstone Island so did my nerves and I was wondering why on earth I had chosen to hang out on the side of one of the worlds biggest waterfalls that day.
We wandered through Livingstone Island where there was a plaque of the very famous Dr David Livingstone from Scotland who searched for many years for the source of the Nile.
Once on the edge of Victoria Falls it’s time to jump into the Zambezi River and wade through the water and rocks to the edge of the falls. I was actually trembling at this point and considering I’ve sky dived, bungee jumped and done lots of other extreme things in my life it was weird but I was feeling scared. The roar of the falls echoed all around and the mist was rising above us as we got closer and closer to the Devils Pool.
We had two guys with us during our time at the Devils Pool, one jumped straight into the pool and sat on the edge and the other guy guided us all in and was the official photographer for the hour.
We weren’t allowed to jump into the pool so we all slowly made our way down the rock and through the gushing water into the famous pool. My first thought was actually how strong the current was. I wasn’t expecting it to be like that at all as the previous day we had been to Victoria Falls and it was pretty much bare, there was no water flowing at all.
There was a group of 13 of us, all from our Tucan Travel tour group so it was great to share the experience with friends. We all sat on the edge of the falls and got our photos done. The feeling in the pit of my stomach I got when I looked over the edge was sickening. I couldn’t believe I was sitting literally on the edge and I was clinging to my husband Dan for dear life as you can see in the photos below!
Everyone got a chance to spend some time on the edge of the falls and marvel at the beauty of mother nature. The roar of the falls was deafening and it was just incredible to be that close. We waved at tourists on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, we got our feet nibbled at by fish and once we got our fair share of photos.
Whilst the rest of the group were getting photos it was a good time to just hang out by the edge and share thoughts on the experience. Everyone there was absolutely loving it and the atmosphere in our group was awesome. We all couldn’t quite believe what we were doing.
All too soon our time in the Devils Pool came to an end, we all thought the experience was too quick but hey ho we had a nice brunch to look forward to that was to be served up right by Victoria Falls.
The breakfast consisted of scones and jam which was a major hit with me as I’m a huge afternoon tea fan! There was also eggs benedict presented in a beautiful way considering we were on an island on the edge of Victoria Falls. It was great to enjoy a bit of luxury for the first time in what felt like ages. The staff were lovely and the food was delicious.
All too soon our time at the Devils Pool came to an end, we all felt it was a little rushed as while people were still eating their breakfast they began to usher us out but this is because the attraction is so popular they are just trying to get through as many people as possible.
My advice would be to soak up the experience as much as possible because it really went by so quickly. Once back at the Royal Livingstone Hotel there are zebra roaming free so it’s a good chance to get up close to them.
Do note that you can only visit Devils Pool in the dry season which is August – February.
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