A dip on the edge of the abyss
The Victoria Falls are a true spectacle in themselves, but the most intrepid travellers don’t have to settle for photographs from afar: they can dive into the “Devil’s Pool”.
The falls are located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. At 1,708 metres wide, it’s almost twice the size of the Niagara Falls and its height varies between 80 and 108 metres. Christened in 1855 after Queen Victoria by the explorer David Livingstone, locals know it as Mosi-oa-Tunya, (the smoke that thunders) because of the enormous cloud of steam forms above it.
In one of the waterfalls on Livingstone Island there is a small natural swimming pool formed by a barrier of rocks. If it weren’t for the precipice behind it, it could be a relaxing lagoon where you could escape the heat. However, the currents and the deafening sound of the falling water will bring you back to reality.
The Victoria Falls are among the widest in the world, and 550 million litres of water fall every minute.
There are five excursions a day to Livingstone Island, from where you can get to the Devil’s Pool. Groups of up to 16 people are accepted. Excursions can be booked from practically any hotel in Zambia. We recommend some very special accommodation: The Royal Livingstone, located on the edge of the Zambezi River. This is a luxury hotel that, according to its guests, will make you feel like you’re in “Out of Africa”. It’s the perfect accommodation option, both because of its closeness to the falls and also because of its charming rooms, which are linkened to exotic cottages.