One of the most popular destinations in Africa, the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe is a true wonder of the natural world. David Livingstone came across the falls in 1855 and named them in honour of his Queen at the time, while the indigenous people of the region dubbed it Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – a moniker still in common use today. While not the tallest or widest falls in the world, Victoria Falls do lay claim to being the falls with the largest sheet of falling water.
A famous feature of the Victoria Falls is the rather dubiously named Devil’s Pool – a naturally formed pool right on the very edge of the falls. Loved by adventurous tourists and locals alike, the rock barrier forms an eddy (the swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the fluid flows past an obstacle) that is perfectly safe to swim in. Confident swimmers are able to sit and relax in the pool mere feet away from the 350 foot drop, constantly under the expert guidance of local guides.
A mainstay on the ‘To-Do’ lists of visitors to the region, Devil’s Pool opens again to the public today – the 16th August 2013 – and usually remains so until December. To experience the rush of adrenaline that accompanies swimming in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Contact Us to plan your perfect Victoria Falls visit.