In October 2013, I checked off a biggie on my bucket list — swimming in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls (Zambian side). The experience was amazing! Nothing beats swimming at the edge of a waterfall. If you ever find yourself in southern Africa, this really is a must do.
The Devil’s Pool excursion is only offered by Tongabezi (http://tongabezi.com). You meet at the Royal Livingstone Hotel (in Zambia), then take a quick motor boat ride to Livingstone Island, where you walk across flat land towards the Zambezi River. Along the way, you’re treated to amazing natural photo opps of rainbows and views of the gorges below. Once you get closer to the river, the landscape gets rockier. (I highly recommend rubber heeled aqua shoes). After a short swim and climb down a rocky embankment, you’re finally at the Devil’s Pool, a naturally-formed pool at the edge of the waterfall. You can only swim there during dry season, so you won’t see the falls in their full glory. But in exchange, you get a birds eye view of the falls, the gorge, and the river below, and an indescribable feeling that you’re at a truly special place.