The Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls is a must for any adventure seeker. Many come to explore the natural wonder that is Victoria Falls, few have dipped into the Victoria Falls pool, which can only be visited during a certain period in the year. Below I share details our experience on the Victoria Falls Devils Pool Tour. In my last post, I shared with you moments from my exploration of Livingstone Island, a World Heritage Site, which sits on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Its only been open since 1992, allowing exclusive access to get up close and personal with the waterfall.
I also mentioned that I was going to be sharing with you pictures from the adventurous dip into the Devils Pool Victoria Falls. The Devil’s Pool is a natural pool on the edge of Victoria Falls and it’s thought that it was created by thousands of years erosion. Its beauty lies in the fact that you have a rock ledge on the edge that stops you from being swept down the 100-meter gorge by the torrents of water. Well, if you can wait no longer as the pictures are below.
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Devil’s Pool At Victoria Falls | Getting to Victoria Falls Pool
Our journey started off at Tongabezi, and drove to the Royal Livingstone Hotel where we had our private boat onto Livingstone Island. The boat ride on the Zambezi is about 5 minutes and as you approach the island you can see the spray rising that is created by the water on Victoria Falls. Arriving on the Island we were met with drinks before being shown around the island by our guide.
On the island you can also find the 2005 commemorative plaque that was erected here to commemorate 150 years since David Livingstone’s first arrival. The views of and from Victoria Falls are just breath-taking. You have views of Zimbabwe on the other side of the falls where you can also spot people who head over there to view the falls from the Zimbabwean side. At the end of our the tour of the little island it was show time!
The Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls is just adjacent to the to the Island. With the water still flowing right next to you and falling into a gorge that has a drop of a good 100 meters, it was a little scary at first but all so exciting. An exhilarating adventure was awaiting us. Of course having not been before you don’t know what to expect so rely fully on the Tonagbezi guides for guidance on where to swim. Having stayed at Tongabezi and knowing that they put safety as a priority I didn’t worry too much. The Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls is only open during low season when the water levels on the Zambezi go down, allowing for a safer swim across before you get into the pool.
There is a natural rock wall on the edge of the falls that keeps swimmers from being swept away with the force of the mighty Zambezi flowing out and down the 100 meters on the other side of Victoria Falls. It’s amazing standing on parts of the falls that would otherwise be completely submerged during the rainy season when the water is in fully flowing over Victoria Falls. You can feel the sheer force and power of the water as you feel the spray from the other side of the viewing platforms.
|Our guide showing me where to step before getting into the Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls Pool & Activities on Livingstone Island
Other than being a daredevil and diving into the Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, you can also have lunch on Livingstone Island that I mentioned in the previous post. You can book intimate picnics for you and your partner as well as in small groups. Tongabezi runs the trips to the Island in small groups through the day, note that these groups are no more than 10-15 at a time for safety reasons as well as the fact that this is a protected natural habitat. As far as I am aware Tongabezi is the only licensed operator on Livingstone Island to do the Devil’s Pool Tour so be absolutely careful if being offered an unlicensed guide to the Island as this place is dangerous and not somewhere you can just wander off on your own or take some shortcut with someone just to save a quick buck.
An adventure to Devil’s Pool on Victoria Falls is a truly magical experience. Such an adrenaline packed adventure and I absolutely enjoyed swimming across, which wasn’t too bad or as scary as I thought it would be. Most parts were only as deep as 4-5 feet when swimming upstream. I am not the strongest of swimmers and still managed it. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted but it will be the most exciting thing you will ever do. There is also a rope as an added safety precaution if needed. The Devil’s Pool on Victoria Falls, itself is about 5 meters and small and cozy too. You can see us chilling on the edge of the pool as if we don’t have 100 meters on the other side. Sitting on the edge of the Victoria Falls while torrents of water are gushing over the edge and dropping below.
I wasn’t going to risk my Nikon taking a dip into the falls too so I took a smaller camera across the falls in a dry bag which was carried by one of the guides who was also acting as photographer for our mini Indiana Jones adventure of dipping to Devil’s Pool. If you arrive during the lunar moon then you can also have the double bonus of not only diving in the Devils Pool, but also have the incredible rainbows on your Victoria Falls backdrop. These rainbows are only visible during the lunar days in the year and are just such a beautiful sight. After frolicking in the pool and waving at the people on the other side of the falls who were watching on as we swim to the Devil’s Pool and swam back. After our swim back to the island, we had lunch before catching our boat back to Royal Livingstone Hotel, where our car was waiting to whisk us back to the luxe living at Tongabezi.
Victoria Falls Tours
You can find the Devils Pool Tour Tour here, in addition, you can also find Victoria Falls Tours on Viator a Trip Advisor company and Get Your Guide.
|On the edge of Victoria Falls pool
What To Pack For Devils Pool On Victoria Falls
- Microfibre Quick Dry Towel
- Dry Bag
- Camera – Consider a GoPro Camera or point and shoot camera, instead of a DSLR camera unless you have waterproof gear.
- Water Shoes / Flip Flops
- Victoria Falls Guide Book
Where To Stay Near Victoria Falls
There are plenty of places to choose from. This depends on whether you are staying on The Zambian side of Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. The Devils Pool is on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls but you will more than likely also want to experience the falls on the Zim side too. For hotels on the Zambia, side see here and hotels on Zimbabwean side see here on Booking.com.
We, of course, sampled a few places with varying budgets while we were in Livingstone. Some of which I have written about. From Maramba River Lodge, Tongabezi and Royal Livingstone. The first one covers camping, luxe tents and Chalets. The second and third are built closer to the river and offer luxury accommodation. Tongabezi has tree houses and a garden house with a private pool which we had. Royal Livingstone is a colonial style building with zebras that roam the grass and sits on the Zambezi with views of Victoria Falls in the distance. Definitely check out Booking.com for hotels deals and reviews.