At the devil's Pool, Livingstone Island, Zimbabwe

Swimming in Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls

The ultimate thrill-seeker's adventure.

At the devil's Pool, Livingstone Island, Zimbabwe

© WildHorizons

Taking a dip on the very edge of Victoria Falls

Devil’s Pool, on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, attracts many an adventure seeker. For some it’s the ultimate Instagram shot and for others it’s just the sheer thrill of being on the precipice of this magnificent waterfall.

Devil’s Pool is a naturally formed calm pool of water. During the dry season, when the waters are somewhat calmer it is accessible to tourists for a swim (and a photo opportunity of course).  This is a bucket list item for many visitors.

  • A swim quite unlike any other
  • Victoria Falls from a very different perspective
  • Swim a few metres from the top of the falls
  • A unique photo opportunity
  • Combine with a tour of Livingstone Island


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Bucket list bounty

Devil's pool is only open in the dry season, usually from mid August to mid January - nature and water levels dictate access.

In the Devil's Pool on Livingstone Island, Victoria Falls © WildHorizons

How to get there

To get the Devil’s Pool you have to take a boat ride and then a short swim/wade in the Zambezi River which takes you from Livingstone Island to the pool.  Guides will accompany you and give instructions and the current at this time of year isn’t strong. Those not confident with swimming can wade as the water is around waist height.

What's involved?

Visits to Devil’s Pool are incorporated into the Livingstone Island Tour – it’s not possible to just visit Devil’s Pool as a stand alone activity.  But if you wish to do the Livingstone Island tour but swimming in Devil’s Pool is not on your bucket list, it can be done without including this pulse raising part – it’s not compulsory to take the plunge!

What's included?

Depending on which time of day you embark on the tour breakfast, lunch or high-tea is included.