Devil’s Pool Travel Guide
Swimming in Devil’s Pool in Livingstone Island is an exhilarating and memorable experience.
Like many of you we were skeptical about doing this, as it looked very dangerous. Nevertheless, we went against our guts this time and we couldn’t have been any happier of our decision to take this plunge. It is a truly an incredible experience.
About Devil’s Pool
Devil’s Pool located on Zambian side of Victoria Falls is the world’s ultimate infinity pool.
It is the only place in the world where you can swim on the top and at the edge of a waterfall. Scary yeah? 😊
The experience in Devil’s Pool is mind boggling in all aspects.
It is a death-defying feat that every thrill-seeker must add to his travel bucket list.
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- There is only one authorized company (Tongabez) to do this tour. You will find many off-street guides who will offer you this tour but please note they are not licensed and we won’t recommend you to take one.
- You must be a good swimmer. If you don’t know how to swim, company wouldn’t allow you to take the tour. Life jackets are a big no because of the danger of falling over the waterfall.
- Children must be over 10 years to swim in the Devil’s pool
- Book the tour in advance if you don’t want to be disappointed. There are only 5 tours per day with a small group of max 16 people and tours often sell out fast.
Best Time to Visit
When the water level of Zambezi River is too high, both Livingstone Island Tour and swimming in Devil’s Pool is closed.
Livingstone Island Availability
This tour can only be done when the water level of Zambezi river is low enough to allow safe access to the island. Although it changes every year, the best time for Livingstone Island accessibility is from mid-June to mid-March
Devil’s Pool Availability
Devil’s Pool is available for a shorter period, as water level of both the river and the pool should be low enough to allow safe swimming.
Best time to visit normally is from late August to early January.
We visited in October and it was perfect.
The cost of the tour is dependent on the package you want to take.
2017 activity prices were as below:
- Morning Breezer – 105 USD (starting at 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 am)
- Lunch Tour – 175 USD (12:30 pm)
- High Tea – 145 USD (3:30 pm)
Above price is including Devil’s Pool. If you wish not to swim in Devil’s Pool, price still remains the same.
Tour lasts for 1 to 2 hours.
Arrive at least half an hour before the tour starts.
We opted for the Morning tour.
What Is Included In The Tour?
- 5 to 10 minute boat ride from the meeting point at Royal Livingstone Hotel to Livingstone Island
- Welcome drink
- Quick guided tour of Livingstone Island
- Meal and drinks (non-alcoholic) – depending on your tour type
What To Bring For The Tour?
- Swimming costume
- Comfortable water shoes
- Change of clothes
- Some money for tips
- Waterproof camera preferably
Where To Book This Tour?
You can book the tour on the official site of Tongabez.
Or you can also book it through your hotel or your tour company. The price of the tour will not change.
Is This Tour Safe?
Is this tour scary? Well HELL YEAH!!! But Is it safe?
We asked our guides if any casualty had happened in the Devil’s Pool and they claimed none since the time they are operating.
Operations are well managed by guides and tour operators. Having said that, this activity is still quite wild and authentic.
Is It Worth It?
100 USD for a couple of hours, is it really worth it?
Answer is Absolutely!
We are budget travellers and we try our best to reduce costs but then there are some experiences for what you have to splurge. This is exactly one of those experiences worth splurging for.
We enjoyed every bit of it. Swimming on the edge of this mighty waterfall was an insane, thrilling and crazy adventure and we’ll cherish this memory for a long time.