April 2nd, 2012, by Diane Bell
One of the highlights from all my trips to Africa was swimming in the “Devil’s Pool.” This is done as part of an excursion to Livingstone Island on the Zambia side of the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River and is only possible in the dry season (September-December usually) when the water is low and the current is not as strong as usual.
We took off by boat to Livingstone Island from right behind the Royal Livingstone Hotel. On arrival at the island, we found a beautiful table set under a canopy tent and had a lunch of salads, couscous, cold chicken, cold beef, scotch eggs, sausages and plenty of drinks!
After lunch, we changed into our swim suits and walked across large rocks to the river and swam to a bank. Then we walked across more rocks which led to the “Devil’s Pool” on the very edge of the Victoria Falls. We jumped in the pool and swam to the edge where there is a rock wall which stops you from going over Falls! The water is lovely and warm (it was December) and we had incredible views of the mass of falling water right next to us! The roar of the Falls and the feel of the spray off the water were just exhilarating. The guides took pictures while we played in the water. We were as giddy as kids as we took the boat back to the hotel. Wonderful!