If you are a thrill-seeker and need a rush of adrenaline, then finding yourself hanging off a 360 foot waterfall in Zambia may be the next item on your next bucket list. Devil’s Pool, is a small portion of water situated right on the edge of Victoria Falls. The Falls stretch some 5,600 feet and borders both Zambia and Zimbabwe. To give some perspective, Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls and is the largest sheet waterfall in the world.
Fascination with Devil’s Pool
Named ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, or The Smoke that Thunders, people have been fascinated by this death-defying wonder for hundreds of years. David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary, is said to be the first person to lay eyes on the Falls, but the indigenous people of the land have been respecting this wonder preceding Mr. Livingstone’s arrival.
Recently, with the invention of modern technology, the fascination with this thrill seekers hot spot has started to gain momentum. From videos on You Tube showing people jumping in feet first to local guides offering tours and expedition packages around the Falls, Devil’s Pool is quickly becoming a top “bucket list” item for many.
Visiting Devil’s Pool
Located just off Livingston Island, you can enjoy a variety of activities when visiting the area. If you are more of an individual thrill seeker, then adventuring out on your own and exploring the area can be quite fulfilling. If you prefer a more structured and guided tour of the falls, then opting in for a guide tour may be the way for you.
Devil’s Pool is normally open from August to January, depending on water levels. If you are planning to visit the Falls and enjoy a swim, then it is advised to check the water levels and rain forecasts prior to your visit to ensure the pools are open. Most tours run quite often throughout the day to provide greater flexibility for your travels.
Risks of Devil’s Pool
Over the years, Devil’s Pool has certainly seen its fair share of tourists, but what are the actual risks of jumping feet first into this treacherous, but rewarding pool of death? As it turns out, not as many people have been injured or died from swimming in Devil’s Pool than one would think. In 2009, there was a report of a tourist guide who fell while helping a customer, but nothing definitive has been reported in terms of occasional deaths.
As more travelers come to the region, the pools have seen an increase in awareness, regulation, and even security making this destination a bit more safe. Many touring companies monitor the water levels, closing off the pools when necessary and preventing potential dangers. In addition, there have been local security officers assigned to the area to help patrol, enforce, and support tourists during their stay.
One thing is clear, there is nothing that can compare to both Victoria Falls and the Devil’s Pool. From the massive waterfall double the size of Niagara Falls to the death defying pool of water precariously set on the ledge of this massive point of power, Devil’s Pool is the extreme vacation destination. So if you are looking for an exotic, thrilling, and potentially life threatening adventure that only a select few can say they have had the privilege to experience, then check out Devil’s Pool.