Devil’s Pool is a natural pool of water that’s situated atop of Victoria Falls, renown for being among the largest waterfalls in the world. Right on the edge of this massive waterfall, a calm pool of water forms. This is known as the Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls. And daring visitors can actually swim in this pool straddling the edge of Victoria Falls!
Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls is located in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s in the Zambezi River, along the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.
Devil’s Pool is a death-defying feat that even the most casual of thrill seekers must add to their travel bucket list.
When visiting Devil’s Pool, it’s even possible to lean over the edge of Africa’s Victoria Falls! This breath-taking experience in Devil’s Pool is every bit as mind-boggling as it looks. Visitors can literally get right up to the edge of what amounts more than a 100-meter waterfall drop.
It’s absolutely insane! Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls is the world’s ultimate infinity pool.
During our journey across Africa, as we neared Victoria Falls, we had so many questions about the unique experience of actually swimming in Devil’s Pool. Although we had viewed some videos showing off this unfathomable adventure, there otherwise wasn’t much info detailing exactly how to visit Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls.
It turns out there is a lot that you should know to prepare for a visit to Devil’s Pool Zambia. So in an effort to give back to the travel community, this post was written in a grand attempt to answer all your questions about Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls, so you can better plan your visit to this astonishing place in the world.
Swimming on the edge of one of earth’s largest waterfalls was one of the most thrilling, insane, and awesome experiences we’ve ever embarked on during our Oasis Overland trip across Africa, and perhaps all of our travels around the world.
Be sure to view the Devil’s Pool video, below, to get an idea of what this crazy thrill is like. Then read on for all the Devil’s Pool details you need to know about this natural feat!
Devil’s Pool Safety
Is Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Safe?
Questions about Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls deaths and safety is usually the first thing everyone asks about this crazy adventure.
So is Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls safe? The answer is a matter of opinion. It is our opinion that Devil’s Pool can be a relatively safe experience overall.
But safety can be subjective. And Devil’s Pool is certainly not without some significant risks that adventure-seekers should be aware of.
In Devil’s Pool itself, there is a rock lip that protrudes upward which keeps you from falling over the edge. Under the low water conditions that you’re permitted to enter Devil’s Pool, you would have to make a concerted effort to actually go up and over that rock that’s naturally keeping you in. This rock lip seemed thick and sturdy to us.
Could that rock potentially give way one day? Perhaps. But that seemed very unlikely in our opinion. Still, like everything in life, there’s definitely some risk here.
Before getting to Devil’s Pool Zambia, you must take a short swim in the Zambezi River right above Victoria Falls, from Livingston Island to Devil’s Pool. Many people don’t realize this.
You cross a portion of the Zambezi River by swimming partially up-current for the first half of the swim. For the latter half, you transition to swimming across and down current. There are guides that will instruct you. The current wasn’t strong at all, but there was a current nonetheless. This swim through the Zambezi takes place in what we estimate to be about 50 to 100 meters from the edge of Victoria Falls.
Weaker swimmers are accommodated by wading through the water. Here, the water is about stomach-deep, depending on the water levels. Guides assist by holding hands, only if needed.
So has there been any Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls accidents?
Yes, there have been accidents at Devil’s Pool.
The guides told us that most Devil’s Pool accidents have been from people slipping on wet rocks, causing minor injuries. Be careful on these rocks! Don’t let your guard down just because you’re not right on the edge of the waterfall.
As if the threat of falling off this enormous waterfall wasn’t enough, you also must consider the risk of running into a hippo or crocodile in Devil’s Pool. Yes, there are also hippos and crocodiles in the waters atop Victoria Falls.
Guides do check for crocodiles before entering the water. Our guide told us he’s never seen any crocodiles in Devil’s Pool itself, but the Zambezi most definitely is their habitat. The waters here are fairly shallow and I’d like to think that such a large creature like a croc or hippo would be clearly evident. So we don’t view this as too big of a risk. Yet a finding dangerous wildlife here is not outside the realm of possibility. We spotted some hippos during the short boat ride to Devil’s Pool.
So is Devil’s Pool completely safe? No, of course not. Just look at it. You’re hanging off the edge of one of the largest waterfalls in the world and sharing the water with nearby crocs and hippos!
As with anything in life, there are definitely risks involved. You must weigh out the risks for yourself based on your personal comfort level.
That said, we felt safe during our Devil’s Pool trip. We were put at ease with the competent guides. At the time of writing this article, there has never been any major incidents, drownings, croc attacks, or anything like that. That at least gave us some comfort in taking the plunge in Devil’s Pool.
Everyone considering a dip in Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls will need to assess the risks to decide for themselves.
Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Deaths – Has Anyone Died Going Over Victoria Falls?
According to the tour guides that operate this experience, there have never been any Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls deaths during the Livingstone Island tour, which is the only tour that includes a swim in Devil’s Pool. We’ve done some lengthy Internet research and couldn’t find any incidents to prove the guides’ claim to be incorrect.
You may come across a report online about a Victoria Falls death in 2009 from a tour guide going over the edge of while trying to save a tourist. But that story is inaccurate. That particular Victoria Falls death wasn’t actually at Devil’s Pool portion of Victoria Falls. Rather, that death occurred in a different location atop Victoria Falls.
So even though that unfortunate 2009 death did indeed occur at Victoria Falls, it was not a Devil’s Pool death. Furthermore, that 2009 Victoria Falls death happened before anyone even began running official tours to Devil’s Pool.
There are also other occasional Victoria Falls deaths, but there are no casualties on record of people plunging to their deaths at Devil’s Pool during the Livingstone Island tour, which remains the only tour to access Devil’s Pool.
Also, be sure that you don’t confuse this Devil’s Pool in Africa with a different Devil’s Pool in Australia, in which there have, in fact, been numerous deaths.
So, no, there haven’t been any documented Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls deaths here in Zambia, Africa.
Is there potential for Devil’s Pool deaths? Of course there is!
You’re swimming on the top of an enormous waterfall. If someone were to somehow be completely careless and go over the edge, they would almost certainly die. So we would be remiss to completely dismiss the possibility of such a tragedy happening.
That said, you would have to really do something stupid or try hard to go over the edge. It would be very difficult and improbable to naturally be carried over the edge by the water. That rock lip holds you in.
Still, we wouldn’t be totally shocked if there were to be a major Devil’s Pool accident one day. Anyone taking this plunge must be cautious, careful, and alert when swimming there and help maintain the Devil’s Pool safety record of no deaths so far.
Is Devil’s Pool Scary?
You’re literally on the edge of one of the largest waterfalls in the world. So, no, Devil’s Pool is not scary – it’s absolutely terrifying! Yet it’s still an exhilarating thrill that is a lot of fun.
If the fear of going over the edge and the thought of crocs in the water aren’t enough to completely freak you out, there’s also another unexpected surprise in Devil’s Pool. There are fish that bite you during your dip in Devil’s Pool. It’s not enough to draw blood, but it will definitely make you jump a bit. So just be forewarned and don’t be startled enough to jump over the edge.
But yes, Devil’s Pool is indeed scary. Or, at least we thought so. Everyone judges the fear factor of this experience different from one another. Yet we think most sane people would agree that Devil’s Pool is a frightening experience. Even with this extreme fear factor, Devil’s Pool can also be an awesome thrill!
What Happens If You Chicken Out of Devil’s Pool?
Nervous people back out of the swim in Devil’s Pool all the time. It’s completely acceptable.
Swimming in Devil’s Pool is actually just one part of what is called “The Livingstone Island Tour.” Many visitors simply join this tour and don’t actually go in Devil’s Pool at all. They still get to see Devil’s Pool and the intrigue of Livingstone Island.
Actually, over half the people during our tour opted to do just that. They didn’t chicken out though. They didn’t go into Devil’s Pool simply because they never intended to in the first place. The Livingstone Island tour involves taking a boat across the Zambezi, walking around Livingstone Island, watching those of us daring enough to swim in Devil’s Pool, and enjoying a meal on Livingstone Island.
Many people come on this tour to do those activities, without swimming in Devil’s Pool. Going into Devil’s Pool is an optional component of the Livingstone Island tour. You can decide if you actually want to go into Devil’s Pool once you get there. And it’s okay if you do back out of swimming in Devil’s Pool.
So if you’re not sure, we’d suggest to still take the tour. Then arrive to Livingstone Island to assess the situation first-hand before making a decision whether or not to pursue a swim in Devil’s Pool. Even after swimming across the Zambezi River to get to Devil’s Pool, there is dry land to stand on in the instance that you’re too nervous to actually swim in Devil’s Pool Zambia.
Do You Have To Jump In or Hang Over the Edge of Devil’s Pool?
No. You can test your limits as little or as far as you want to.
You can find many images online of people diving into Devil’s Pool and other mind-boggling poses hanging off the edge of this massive waterfall.
But you don’t have to jump in the pool. While jumping into Devil’s Pool can make for a cool photo, you can instead carefully step down some rocks. Most people slowly wade into Devil’s Pool, easing into this exhilarating experience.
If the water levels are particularly low, some braves souls will lean out over the edge of the Victoria Falls. As dare devils peer out over the the side of one of the world’s largest waterfalls, a guide holds onto their feet.
Lean over Devil’s Pool if you dare. But only if you wish. This is your experience and you can decide to go as far over the edge as you feel comfortable doing. Or don’t peer over the edge at all.
How Fit Do You Need To Be to Swim In Devil’s Pool?
You must swim or wade across a portion of the Zambezi River to get from Livingstone Island to Devil’s Pool. So you need to be fit enough to do that. There is no rope to hold onto. You will need to be able to get across the Zambezi River while the current is flowing.
Although there is no rope, most of the water is shallow enough to stand up in and still keep your head above the water. If you were to panic for some reason during the swim, you should be able to stand up, which would prevent you from being carried downstream and getting swept away over the Falls.
Still, we wouldn’t recommend a visit to Devil’s Pool Zambia for anyone who can’t swim. Is it possible? Perhaps. But, I wouldn’t.
If you’re not a strong swimmer, that’s fine. You can wade across the Zambezi to get to Devil’s Pool depending on water levels. Just let the guides know. But if you’re unable to swim at all, Devil’s Pool probably isn’t an excursion for you.
During our visit, there were older folks, heavier people, and weak swimmers who all accomplished the Zambezi River crossing without incident. Two guides are close by to instruct you and help ensure safety.
You are the best judge of your own fitness and capabilities. But most people should be able to make it across.
The challenge of Devil’s Pool is more mental than it is physical. You must overcome the fear of swimming in this death-defying pool.
Is There an Age Limit to Devil’s Pool?
Children must be at least 12 years old to go into Devil’s Pool. Children age 8 years old and up can go on the Livingstone Island Tour. But kids must be 12 years old to actually swim in Devil’s Pool.
Do You Need Travel Insurance for Devil’s Pool?
Travel insurance is not required but is strongly recommended. Devil’s Pool accidents can happen and the tour operator assumes no liability. You must sign a waiver to ensure this at the beginning of the Livingstone Island tour.
So before embarking on your trip to Africa, ensure that you have travel insurance. That way, if there is any unforeseen incident that occurs at Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls (or anywhere during an Africa trip), you should be covered.
We use World Nomads, as we have found they have what we find to be the best combination of cost and coverage provided. If you are pursuing other extreme sports while in Africa, consider their “Explorer” coverage, which includes coverage for additional adventurous activities beyond their Standard coverage.
It only takes about one minute to get a quote, so go here and enter the dates of your trip to get a quick estimate.
Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Booking, Price, and Costs
How Much Does Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Cost?
The price of the Devil’s Pool tour varies, pending on whether you do the Livingstone Island Tour as part of their breakfast, lunch, or high tea package.
Current (2020) Devil’s Pool prices are:
- Breakfast (7:30, 9:00, 10:30) costs $110
- Lunch (12:30) costs $175
- High Tea (15:30) costs $150
You must choose one of these tours that include a meal. There is no tour available only to Devil’s Pool, without a meal and visit to Livingstone Island. For the cheapest way to swim in Devil’s Pool Zambia, we recommend one of the breakfast tours, of course.
Most booking agents for this tour accept payment in US Dollars. They may or may not accept credit card.
What’s Included in the Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Tour Price?
The Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls tour (AKA Livingstone Island tour) includes the following:
- A five-minute boat ride from the Launch Site to Livingstone Island.
- A complimentary welcome drink.
- A brief tour of Livingstone Island
- Swimming in Devil’s Pool
- Two guides for the entire group (one who takes photos, another who assists in the pool).
- Towels are provided for you upon getting out of Devil’s Pool.
- A meal – breakfast, lunch, or high tea, depending on what Devil’s Pool tour you booked.
- Drinks are also provided during the meal.
Note: No alcoholic drinks are available during breakfast (not complimentary nor for purchase), but an assortment of wine and beer is included with the lunch and high tea tours. Interestingly, no tea is available during the “high tea” tour.
Not Included in Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Price:
- Tips for the guides
- Transportation to/from the Launch Site
- Camera – Although photography is included, you must bring your own camera. (More on that in the What To Bring section of this post).
- Visa fees for those who are arriving from Zimbabwe
Not Needed To Pay:
You do NOT need to pay any admission fees for the Victoria Falls World Heritage National Monument Site, part of Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool is not part of the National Park, so no admission fee is required.
Is Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Worth It?
With a price over $100, Devil’s Pool is an expensive excursion for backpackers and those traveling on a budget. But this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to do in Africa that we say is 100% worth every penny.
We’re traveling around the world on a budget, but sometimes you’ve got to splurge. We firmly believe that this is one of those experiences to splurge on. Victoria Falls is one of the three largest waterfalls in the world (Niagara & Iguazu being the others) and this is the only one of the trio that you can swim on the lip of.
We’ve talked to dozens of people that have splurged on the Devil’s Pool tour and we haven’t met anyone who regretted spending the cash on this unique trip. Yes, it is scary. But no one we spoke with has regretted it.
It’s our opinion that Devil’s Pool is absolutely worth it. And when you compare this to other adrenaline activities in Victoria Falls such as bungee jumping ($160), you’ll often find that the Devil’s Pool trip costs less.
You should also consider this experience includes a very nice meal too! So if you’ve traveled all the way to Victoria Falls, it’s our recommendation that Devil’s Pool is absolutely worth pursuing.
Can You Get to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls on Your Own?
No, there’s no way to get to Devil’s Pool independently.
You must visit Devil’s Pool as part of the Livingstone Island tour, which you obviously must pay for. In the earlier days of Devil’s Pool, it was less regulated, and you could find unofficial “tour guides” that would take you out there for a fraction of the high price that is charged today.
Those days are over. Today, the only way to go to Devil’s Pool Zambia is to fork over the cash for the official Livingstone Island tour, ran by Tongabezi.
Besides, would you really want to risk your life with an unofficial tour guide, even if it did exist? There isn’t any way to get here on your own. You can see the picture below that shows the Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls location in respect to Livingstone Island.
A boat is needed simply to get to Livingstone Island. So it would be virtually impossible to get to Devil’s Pool on your own.
If the thought of plunging over the falls to your death isn’t enough to scare you, you could also face being thrown in a Zimbabwean or Zambian jail cell since you are potentially making an illegal border crossing. Don’t even think about it.
How and Where to Book a Devil’s Pool Tour at Victoria Falls?
Most travel agencies on both the Zimbabwe or Zambia side of Victoria Falls can book a Devil’s Pool tour for you.
The Devil’s Pool tour (AKA Livingstone Island tour) is run by Tongabezi, a tour operator that also runs a luxury lodge on the Zambia side upstream from Victoria Falls. If you want to book directly with Tongabezi, they now accept bookings that can be made online directly on their website. You can also use that site to see up-to-date availability for the dates you’re traveling to Victoria Falls.
Otherwise, you can also book this trip through your hotel, hostel, tour company, or any travel agency in Victoria Falls. (That’s what we did.) The price should be the same whoever you book with. If it’s not, then book your Devil’s Pool excursion with someone else. Whoever you book with, just be sure to try to book at least a week or more in advance. Devil’s Pool is becoming very popular and regularly sells out.
We traveled to Victoria Falls as part of an Oasis Overland tour across Africa, and Devil’s Pool was an optional excursion during our 56-Day Coast-to-Coast Trip. So our tour leader booked the trip on our behalf, which made it very easy. You can visit Oasis Overland to find out info about their Africa trips and we definitely recommend them. (You can read all about our detailed review of our 56-Day Oasis Overland Africa trip here.)
Very Important – Book in Advance!
This is perhaps the most important piece of advice we can offer. There are only five Devil’s Pool tours per day and they are composed of small groups of sixteen people. The Devil’s Pool tours sell out almost every day.
So if you want to visit Devil’s Pool, be sure to book it in advance or you will likely arrive to Victoria Falls disappointed that you can’t get a spot. We’ve already suggested to book at least a week before the date that you want to go. But booking a month or more in advance would be best.
Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls – When to Go
What Times Are the Tours to Devil’s Pool?
Currently, the Devil’s Pool tour (AKA Livingstone Island Tour) is operated 5 times per day at the following times:
- 7:30-9:00 (Breakfast)
- 9:00-10:30 (Breakfast)
- 10:30-12:00 (Breakfast)
- 12:30-3:00 (Lunch)
- 3:30-5:30 (High tea)
Best Time to Visit Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls?
October and November can be an ideal time to plan a visit Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls. The months of October and November and provide the best odds for water levels being lower, which is necessary to swim in Devil’s Pool.
Visitors must plan a trip to Devil’s Pool based upon lower water levels in the Zambezi River. Typically, it is possible to swim in the Devil’s Pool from around mid-August to late-December. But it’s the water levels themselves, that are the true determination of whether or not it’s possible. So the possibility of swimming in Devil’s Pool ultimately depends on the weather during your exact visit.
Even though the Livingstone Island tours operate year round, it is not possible to actually go into Devil’s Pool all year long.
The Livingstone Island tours do not include Devil’s Pool during the wet season (usually January to June), when higher water levels make it unsafe to enter Devil’s Pool. During the wet season, the Zambezi River waters are too strong to attempt a swim in Devil’s Pool. Hence you cannot go in when water levels rise.
There are some time periods on the cusp, where an area known as “Angel’s Armchair” is substituted for Devil’s Pool. Angel’s Armchair is another pool of water very close to the edge of Victoria Falls. But Angel’s Armchair is safer during higher water levels, when Devil’s Pool is not possible. With Angel’s Armchair, visitors don’t get quite as close to the edge.
During a few weeks of the year (usually around early August and again in January) when the water levels are just a bit too high to pursue Devil’s Pool, the Livingstone Island tour may instead visit Angel’s Armchair instead of Devil’s Pool.
Still, with high water levels during the wet season, the Livingstone Island tour doesn’t go to either Devil’s Pool or Angel’s Armchair, as both pools are unsafe during such times.
When’s the Best Time of Day to Visit Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls?
The best time of day to visit Devil’s Pool should be based upon your availability and your budget. Although, personally, we favor morning visits.
If you go to Devil’s Pool during one of the morning tours, you have the opportunity to swim in Devil’s Pool while the rainbows are showing from the Zambia side. The morning tours also are the least expensive times to visit Devil’s Pool. So the morning Devil’s Pool tours are a better deal.
So for the possibility of rainbows and it being cheaper, we suggest the morning as the best time of day to visit Victoria Falls.
But don’t dismiss the lunch or high tea tours. There are some interesting benefits to the afternoon tours that you most definitely should consider. Afternoon Devil’s Pool tours:
- last longer, and
- include beer & wine!
So if you want to indulge in a few drinks after the harrowing experience of visiting Devil’s Pool, those tours can provide value.
Regarding the longer times of the afternoon tours, you’ll have roughly the same time in Devil’s Pool as the morning tours. But the afternoon tours include more time on Livingstone Island to eat and drink.
The High Tea tour goes on for two hours, while the Lunch Tour is 2 hours, 30 minutes in total. Compare that to the 90-minute morning Devil’s Pool tour, which felt slightly rushed. So the afternoon High Tea tour gives you an entire extra hour!
Where Is Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls? Location & Directions:
To get to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls, first you must get to this area in Southern Africa. To get to Victoria Falls in Africa, you can either fly into:
- Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia, or
- Victoria Falls Airport, on the Zimbabwe side
Devil’s Pool is located in the Zambezi River, which also acts as the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Devil’s Pool lies in the middle, but it approached from the Zambia side. Yet it can be easily reached from the Zimbabwe side of the river by taking a day trip into Zambia side of the falls.
Where Does the Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls Tour Start?
The Devil’s Pool begins on the Zambezi side of Victoria Falls, from the a place known as the “Launch Site.” This is located along the banks of the Zambezi River, between the Royal Livingstone Hotel and the town of Livingstone.
Note: the meeting point was formerly at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. But this is a change, as of 2019.
Also, we suggest arriving to the Launch Site at least a half-hour early. The Devil’s Pool tours depart strictly on time, so you don’t want to risk missing it.
How to Visit Devil’s Pool from the Zimbabwe Side of Victoria Falls?
Access to Devil’s Pool is only from the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. However, if staying in Zimbabwe, it is easy to enter Zambia for the day to visit Devil’s Pool.
Just be aware of the visa fees associated with going back and forth between Zimbabwe and Zambia, which vary based upon your nationality. Most nationalities will need $20 for a Zambia day tripper visa (on arrival) when crossing the border from Zimbabwe to Zambia.
Also, when initially arriving into Zimbabwe, you will want to ensure that you get at least a double-entry visa (on arrival). This double-entry visa to Zimbabwe costs $45, which is $15 more than the $30 single-entry for most nationalities. (Canadians can only obtain $70 single entry visas – sorry!)
Failing to obtain the double-entry visa when first arriving to Zimbabwe will result in having to purchase two single entry visas which will be more costly since you’ll have to pay for two $30 single-entry visas ($60).
The $45 double-entry Zimbabwe visa + the $20 Zambia day trip visa = $65 in visa costs if you are traveling in Zimbabwe and making a day trip to Zambia for Devil’s Pool.
Check if the $50 KAZA Uni-Visa is Available: There is a $50 visa that allows you to travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia for 30 days with the single visa. This is a great option if it’s available. This KAZA Uni-Visa seems to be available at times but then runs out. If it’s available during your trip, we recommend getting that instead. This page provides updates on the visa’s availability.
A reader confirmed that the Kaza Uni-Visa was indeed available at the Zimbabwe-Zambia border, as of November 2018. It’s also been suggested that the KAZA Uni-Visa is available if flying into Harare, but may not be found at other airports or border crossings. If the KAZA Uni-Visa is available when entering Zimbabwe, it is advisable to get it if planning to pop over into Zambia for Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls.
How to Get From Zimbabwe Side of Victoria Falls to Devil’s Pool?
There are a few different methods to get from Zimbabwe to the Launch Site where the Devil’s Pool tour departs from. You can get to Devil’s Pool by either:
- taxis, or
- any combination of these.
1) Walking from Zimbabwe to the Devil’s Pool Launch Site
This takes the most time to get there. It’s best for independent travelers on a tight budget who want to save $15 on the shuttle cost.
From the tourist area of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side to the Royal Livingstone Hotel is a 5 km walk. The Launch Site is about another 1-km beyond the hotel.
If you were able to walk straight through, it would take about an hour and fifteen minutes. But we recommend to give yourself at least two hours for this walk from Zimbabwe to the Launch Site beyond the Royal Livingstone Hotel.
You need to budget time for border crossing procedures, pausing on the bridge to enjoy the views, take photos, watch the bungee jumpers, account for touts that may slow you down along the way, pause to admire wildlife you may spot, and/or any other unforeseen detours.
The route from Zimbabwe to the Royal Livingstone Hotel is easy to follow and well marked. We walked it ourselves without any problems.
Simply follow the main road, T1, to the Victoria Falls Bridge. Get your passport stamped out of Zimbabwe and proceed over the bridge. Once on the Zambia side, pay your $20 entry fee and get stamped into the country. Continue on the main road for nearly another 1-2 km and you’ll see the sign to The Royal Livingstone Hotel on the left side of the road. The Launch Site is another kilometer or so beyond the hotel, also on the left side of the road, with a sign indicating “Launch Site.”
It’s nice walk if you’re up for it. Check the weather though. It tends to get pretty hot in the dry season during the midday. So if you’re going on an afternoon tour, it may be uncomfortable to walk in the heat.
2) Taking the Shuttle from Zimbabwe to Devil’s Pool Launch Site
There is a shuttle that departs from the Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to the Launch Site, located beyond the Royal Livingstone Hotel (Zambia). This is the easiest way and the nominal cost is worth it.
The shuttle departs from the Kingdom Hotel on the Zimbabwe side, located here, right near the Zim-Zam border. This shuttle from Zimbabwe to the Devil’s Pool launch site costs $15 per person for the round-trip transfer. No discount is provided for one-way transfers. A reader comment has indicated that if you are the only person on the shuttle, the cost will be a $30 minimum.
This shuttle from Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is timed to coincide with the Devil’s Pool tours. You need to arrive at the Kingdom Hotel 15 minutes prior to the shuttle departure times, as they leave promptly. Departure timetable is as followed:
- 6:15 for 7:30 tour
- 8:15 for 9:00 tour
- 9:30 for 10:30 tour
- 11:30 for 12:30 tour
- 14:30 for 15:30 tour
It is recommend to notify the tour operator that you want to take the shuttle. And be sure verify the aforementioned shuttle times when booking your Devil’s Pool tour.
3) Taxis from Vic Falls Zimbabwe to Devil’s Pool Launch Site
It is possible, but not recommended, to take taxis from Zimbabwe to the Devil’s Pool Launch Site. If you attempt this, you will need three separate taxis, which makes it complicated and costly.
A single taxi cannot bring you the entire way crossing the border due to regulations. Instead, you will need to take a taxi a few kilometers on the Zimbabwe side to the border. There are taxis on the bridge to take you the 1.5 kms to the Zambia border. Finally, you need a third taxi for the last few kilometers to the Launch Site.
If you’re not keen on walking, we recommend taking the shuttle instead of this series of taxis. Alternatively, you could walk part of the way and take a taxi for one of the segments. Expect to negotiate prices.
What to Bring to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls
What to Wear to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls
Wear light, comfortable clothes or wear a bathing suit. There are bathrooms on Livingstone Island to change, if you’d like. But you may find it more convenient to show up wearing a swim suit, so you’re ready to go.
Ladies, be sure to have a tight-fitting bathing suit so that you prevent an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in the event that the current grabs hold of your top.
What to Bring To Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls
👖 A change of clothes – you’ll want something dry to change into once you get out of Devil’s Pool.
👟 Water shoes – bring or wear a pair of water shoes like these men’s water shoes or these women’s water shoes. Or at the very least, wear some old sneakers you don’t care about getting wet. Although you can go to Devil’s Pool barefoot, we wouldn’t recommend it due to submerged rocks that can be sharp and slippery.
💵 Money – You’ll want to have some cash on hand to tip the guides. If coming from Zimbabwe, you also need $20 for the Zambia day tripper visa. Bring extra cash for incidentals, a drink, or anything else you may want to buy.
🆔 Passport – If you are arriving from the Zimbabwe side, don’t forget to grab your passport. If you’re staying on the Zambia side, a passport isn’t needed.
📷 Phone and/or Camera – If you’re going to Devil’s Pool, be sure you have a way to document it. Bring a waterproof camera like a GoPro. But be sure that it has a floating handle attachment like this.
📱 Waterproof Phone Case – If you’re bringing your mobile phone, consider protecting it with a waterproof case like this one. These inexpensive protective cases are so worth the minimal cost, just in the instance there’s a splash or a drop in the Zambezi.
☀️ Sunblock – Prevent sunburn under the hot Africa sun. And remember to apply 30 minutes prior to entering the water or else it may wash off.
🕷️ Non-DEET Insect Repellent – Victoria Falls is still considered a malaria zone, so mosquito repellent is important. But consider not bringing your strong DEET repellent, as it will wash off and harm the ecology of the Zambezi River, killing fish and other flora/fauna. Instead, consider natural mosquito repellent like this before any water-based activities.
🎒 Small Bag or Backpack – Simply to carry the aforementioned items.
😱 Courage – Be sure to pack some courage with you to Devil’s Pool. This is absolutely necessary when swimming on the edge of this enormous waterfall.
What Not To Bring to Devil’s Pool
- A towel – You won’t need to pack a towel since one is provided for you.
Are There Any Lockers or Storage at Devil’s Pool?
No, there are not any lockers or storage facilities at Devil’s Pool, but it’s not at all necessary. You can take a backpack or small bag with you on the boat to Livingstone Island. You can safely leave this bag on Livingstone Island while you’re swimming in Devil’s Pool.
What Types of Cameras Can You Bring to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls?
You can bring whatever cameras you want with you onto Livingstone Island. But once you begin your swim to Devil’s Pool, only mobile phones, handheld digital cameras, and GoPros are permitted.
You give your phone or handheld camera to your guide, who puts them safely in his dry bag. The guide will bring your devices to Devil’s Pool for you while you swim. You can take waterproof cameras, like GoPros, with you in the water during the swim if you wish.
Bulky cameras with changeable lenses are NOT permitted at Devil’s Pool. You may leave bigger cameras safely on Livingstone Island while you take your swim in Devil’s Pool.
How Can I Capture Photos and Video in Devil’s Pool?
There are two guides that will help ease you into Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls. One guide comes in the water with you while another guide balances on the edge of Devil’s Pool to take video and pictures. It all sounds pretty crazy, but somehow it works. The camera-holding guide really does a good job and holds tightly on to the devices with two hands.
He takes loads of pictures – usually at least 50+. So be sure to free up your storage on your phone or camera before going to Devil’s Pool. His photography on your device is included in the cost of the tour But you should consider a tip if you’re happy with the epic photos he captures.
Also, Go See Devil’s Pool from Above! 🚁
For the ultimate adrenaline combination while at Victoria Falls, also consider a helicopter ride to get a birds-eye view of Devil’s Pool! That is how we were able to capture the aerial shots of Devil’s Pool that we’ve included throughout this post.
Soaring above Victoria Falls is a magical experience. The video below captures our flight. You can book this amazing helicopter flight over Victoria Falls on Viator, which departs on the Zimbabwe side of the Falls.
It is easily possible to do Devil’s Pool in the morning and a Victoria Falls helicopter flight in the afternoon. That is exactly what we did and it made for an awesome action-packed day. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time between activities to get from one side of the Falls to the other.
Like Devil’s Pool itself, the helicopter ride is simply amazing – once in a lifetime!
🚁 Check Victoria Falls helicopter flight reviews, prices, and availability for your dates here.
If You Go to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls
We hope this guide to Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls has helped to plan your trip. If you have any other questions about Devil’s Pool, please let us know in the comment field below and we’ll try our best to answer them.
Also, if you’ve been to Devil’s Pool, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments! Did you also love it? Do you have any other tips or advice about Devil’s Pool? Has anything changed?
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Publishing note: This article was initially posted November 2016 and is periodically updated in an effort to keep logistical information up-to-date. It was last updated April 2020.
Thanks for sharing these information! If I read correctly, the initial swim on the river is on shallow waters. What about the are near the edge; is the water here deep or shallow???
Thanks for sharing all the info. Its very helpful. Can you let me know which morning slot did you book and which month did you visit?
We do not want to miss out on the rainbows. Any tips would be appreciated
John Widmer says
We were there at the very end of August, I believe August 28th to be precise. We took the late morning tour, 10:30. Good luck and enjoy!
Deborah Maedke says
What is the water temperature? Is it comfortable?
John Widmer says
We found the water to be slightly on the chilly side, but comfortable enough and refreshing on a hot day.
From my group, a few years ago, all entered the pool. There was no place to change to a few of us just changed out in the open. We stayed at eh Avani Falls Resort right on the falls and it was fun to see game on the hotel grounds as the grass was watered and green while off the grounds everything was parched.
Justin Saxo says
This is awesome, you all are brave! I saw the pool on youtube and went searching about it on the web and was led to your page. My question, did they mention a history of it, like how did anyone ever find out this little area exist in the midst of those waterfalls?
Those were some amazing information. This helps me so much to understand some useful things.
Brandi Boyd says
Do you hav an estimate of how long the whole experience takes from Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe to Livingston, with the Devils Pool and then back? trying to see if I can fit this in the morning with an international flight out in the afternoon!
John Widmer says
If you join the earliest tour (7:30 am), you should easily be able to make it back to Zimbabwe before Noon. The breakfast tour itself is 90 minutes, so will end at 9:00 am. It’ll then take about an hour or so to get back to Zimbabwe, depending on how you choose to get there and back. So by taking the earliest tour, you should be back in Zim before 11:00 am.
Brandi Boyd says
Thanks much for all your info, I was just there and a couple things have changed. They no longer take you to the hotel at all, you get dropped off at what I thinking they called the landing point. From there you sign your indemnity forms and hop on the boat to go to the island, on your way you go past the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Also it is advisable to contact Tongabezi when you book and advise them that you want to take the shuttle. It is like pre-booking it but without paying, apparently they don’t send the shuttle without knowing for sure someone will be taking it (or at least that is what my hotel told me). Thanks again for all the great info!
Hi, great post. There seem to be several tours offered on trip advisor which I thought would be verified. Are you sure there is only one option still? It looks like some end bookings 31 of January for wet season and others offer bookings after so am guessing they offer just the tour not devil’s pool. Do you think we have a chance after 26th of January it is our first possible date to arrive.
John Widmer says
The tours found on TripAdvisor are simply resellers which may also include transportation or other add-ons. You may have a chance in January but it will really come down to the water levels at the time. By late January, the water levels could be too high. But you never know. It’s certainly in the realm of possibility. That’s right around the time they tend to end Devil’s Pool, but the actual day is different every year. The Livingstone Island tour will still occur in late January and could still prove to be a good experience to go to the island and have breakfast/lunch/tea time in this incredible spot. But if the water level is too high, you will not be allowed to swim in Devil’s Pool. If it’s on the cusp, they may substitute “Angel’s Armchair” instead which is a similarly thrilling experience nearly as close to the edge as Devil’s Pool.
Great detailed post! Thank you! My husband and I have the morning tour booked for the beginning of September and I’m just curious if you know what would be an average tip for the guides? And can you tip them in US dollars?
John Widmer says
Really the tipping simply depends on you and your experience. Tipping is not mandatory but it is really appreciated by tour guides in Zambia for experiences like this. I’d suggest a minimum tip of at least $5 per person. But do consider tipping higher, perhaps up to $10-$20 (or more) if you’re super pleased, can afford it, and/or if the guides took extra care of you (taking lots of great pictures, giving you extra attention during the river crossing, etc.) And yes, you can definitely tip with US dollars. Although Zambia has its own currency, US dollars are widely accepted here, so close to Zimbabwe, which uses the US dollar as its currency. So they’ll gladly accept dollars. Hope you have an incredible experience at Devil’s Pool in September! Stop back by and let us know how it went. 🙂
This is a great post! Thank you! How cold is the water? We are pretty up for this, but my husband really hates cold water!!
John Widmer says
Great question! The water temperature was a bit chilly but totally bearable to us. We’re from Florida, so we don’t really do cold water well. But this wasn’t so bad at all. I’d guestimate that it was at least 65 F (18 C) and probably closer to 70 F (21 C). We didn’t feel cold and we chill easily. Although, maybe the adrenaline from this experience took over.
Wow, impressive detailling, now i know enough, thank you very much.
Do you have similar post but of other activities/experience/things to do in africa? i would love to read them, cus this was a good read.
John Widmer says
Glad you found this helpful! Sometimes we travel faster than we can write about it. We regret that is the case for much of our time exploring Africa. Yet you can take a look at our Africa archive here to see other posts we’ve published from the continent: https://www.roamingaroundtheworld.com/tag/Africa/
Tess Langevin says
Wow, what a great Blog, I truly loved it all, I am planning on flying into Livingstone airport, I have read that I don’t need to get a Visa in advance, but I wanted to find out if it is possible to walk from Zambia to Zimbabwe. My main goal is to do Devils Pool, so I have two questions, if you don’t mind.
1. I want to see both sides of the Falls, and don’t want to risk missing anything, Can I get a visa if I land in Zambia and want to see the falls from Zimbabwe?
2. If I fly into Livingstone Zambia do I even need to go to Zimbabwe side? It appears that the entire tour can be done from The Zambia side. Is this correct?
Thank you for all the helpful information.
John Widmer says
Glad it helped and we hope you’re able to get to Devil’s Pool and do this awesome experience! Regarding your questions…
1) This depends on your nationality. But yes, most nationalities can get a single entry Visa into Zimbabwe at the border.
2) For Devil’s Pool specifically, there is no need to go to the Zimbabwe side. However, we’d highly recommend still going over to the Zim side if you have the time and budget. The Zim side has some spectacular views of Victoria Falls that are much different from viewing on the Zam side.
Thanks for your blog post! it really helped me when I planned my trip to the falls this November. I just have a few comments for any other Canadians who are thinking about going to devil’s pool or people who are staying in Zimbabwe and only visiting Zambia for the day.
– Single Entry visa’s into Zimbabwe are $70 USD for Canadian Citizens, $30 USD for US citizens. as mentioned in the blog post Canadian’s can not obtain a multi-entry visa into Zimbabwe.
– If you book the tour directly with Tongabezi, the shuttle pick-up from Zimbabwe to Zambia is from the Kingdom Hotel in Zimbabwe, which is located near the Zambia border. Tongabezi tours will tell you the shuttle is $15USD per person payable when your driver picks you up, but if you are the only person in the shuttle van then there is a minimum $30USD fee.
– The shuttle driver will help you with your Visa into Zambia when you cross the border. When I went in Nov 2018 they had the Kazi-uni Visa at the Zambia border, so luckily I only had to pay $50 USD for the uni-visa, vs having to pay $20 USD for the daytripper and an additional $70 USD single entry back into Zimbabwe as a Canadian citizen.
I also want to note that I flew into Zimbabwe and arrived at Bulawayo international airport, where they do not offer the Kaza uni-visa. From the research I did before my trip it looks like the Kaza Uni-visa is only available at Harare international airport, and at the Zambia / Zimbabwe border.
Thanks again for all your help with your blog post and comment thread, I hope this can help other people travelling to the falls with any questions they may have also. This is needless to say, but I would highly recommend doing the devil’s pool morning tour to anyone who is on the fence… it may be a bit pricey when you add everything up (I think I spent $105 for the tour + $30 shuttle + $50 Kaza Uni-visa = $185 USD for a two hour tour) but how often do you travel to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, let alone get to swim right at the edge of it!
John Widmer says
Thanks so much for all the added info and thoughtful feedback! I know this will help other people and our Canadian friends. That Kaza Uni-visa info is always changing so it’s great to receive your up-to-date and first-hand experience from November, having been able to get the Kaza Uni-visa at the Zim-Zam border crossing. I’ve actually just edited the article now to include some of the valuable info you’ve just mentioned here. So thank you so much for helping us keep this post up-to-date! 🙂
This post is absolutely fantastic – thank you so much for the detail!
One question around the shuttle: do you book in advance the shuttle that leaves from The Kingdom Hotel, and if so, how do you do that? I’ve perused their website but couldn’t find any leads.
John Widmer says
You can just show up and pay once you get there. We’d recommend to just give yourself plenty of time, just in case shuttle times or anything else has changed, so you’ll still be able to make your timeslot for Devil’s Pool.
Avtar Heed says
Hi 😊 Thank you so much for all of your detailed information. Feel much better prepared in what to expect when we go to Victoria Falls 2nd week of October 2019. My husband is definitely going to do it and he is so excited about it! I myself am trying to syke myself up for it! I really want to do it but now I am freaked about crossing the river. I am not a strong swimmer. I am that type of swimmer that likes to be touching the ground and not a fan of currents. I can swim across pools and calm waters but panic when there are waves or currents. IS THIS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM 🙁 You mentioned wading across? Is that the same as walking across? How long is the swim across the river to the pool?
I really want to do it but I need to be prepared for what’s ahead!
Question 2: When you go into Devil’s Pool. Do you automatically get pulled to the rock at the edge?
John Widmer says
You can walk in the water which will come up to about stomach-level, depending on your height. But the submerged rocks you’re walking on are slippery so it can be easier to swim, which is what the guides recommend. There is a bit of current, but it’s not very strong at all. You can kinda have an idea from the video. The swim/wade across the river takes perhaps a minute or so, depending on how fast/slow you go. When you go into Devil’s Pool, you don’t get pulled to the edge. Rather, you go on your own.
Here’s my suggestion… If you think you may be up for the thrill and mental challenge, then I’d consider taking the Livingstone Island tour. The good thing about it is that you don’t have to go through with Devil’s Pool if you get there and decide it’s all a bit much. You can stay on Livingstone Island and not go into the water at all (that’s what many people do). So I’d suggest going and judge your comfort level of going through with it once you’re there and can really gauge it.
Avtar Heed says
Ok. Perfect! I think I can handle that swim 👍 It looks a little deceiving in the video. I thought it looked like it might take 10 or 15 minutes to swim across! And I got a little scared when you said the current might take you away? I could do a bit of a current but strong currents scare me!
I love this blog you and your wife have created 👌 It really gives a clear picture of what to expect. I will definitely be following you on posts of your other travels. What is the best way to follow you and your wife?
Thank you for answering my questions. I will follow your steps that you reccomend. We booked our Africa trip with andbeyond travel. I believe our Devil’s Pool excursion has been booked. I will have to check the details not sure of the time slot we are doing?
Thank you again for your quick response 👍
This is such a life saving post. I’ve heard of the ‘Devil’s Pool’ so much and the information is all over the place. This post sums up everything. Thank you so much!
Chrissy Flynn says
My best friend just sent me her pictures of her latest visit to Devil Pool. Just as you do, she did had a good time. She was telling me about taking care of wet rocks so she won’t slip. I hope I can visit the place this year with my boyfriend. (Wish us luck hahahah)
Marina Ford says
Devil’s pool is terrifying but congrats you’ve made it! I am envious of your travels, I hope I can make it someday too! xoxo Cheers!
Gabor Friesen says
Did you ever see the Falls during rainy season in all of its glory?
John Widmer says
We were only there during this dryer period and it still looked pretty glorious. But we’ll have to come back when it’s really flowing to compare! 🙂 (Although not into Devil’s Pool then, of course.)
What great information! Thank you. Question about getting to the pool. I see there are some rocks to climb over. Would you say the rocks are difficult to get over? I am imagining huge rocks or are they more flat?
Thanks for your help.
John Widmer says
The rocks are fairly flat, but you will have to do a little bit of climbing out of the water onto some uneven terrain. Basically there is a small rock island that you’ll go onto before getting into the Devil’s Pool. You’ll wait and sit there, as others in the group go into the pool. It shouldn’t prove difficult whatsoever for anyone who is reasonably fit.
Janine Westerweel says
This is an unbelievably detailed and excellent guide to the Devil’s Pool. We’ve just set up a new blog this year and I am busy with a Victoria Falls post. I would love to link this in our post to share your info, if that’s alright with you? Since I’ve only ever visited the Falls in the wet season, I’ve not been able to do this excursion and this kind of detail is essential, I think!
Also, I’m a bit of a ninny…hippos and crocs and underwater nibbling things and enormous heights (and drops!) scare the bejaysus outta me!! So I’m afraid there are just certain things in life I’m not going to be able to talk about from personal experience, so I need brave folks like you to assist!
John Widmer says
It definitely makes for quite a terrifying experience, yet so exhilarating! If you ever find yourself back in Vic Falls when water levels are lower, you may have to head out to Livingstone Island and but your fears to the test. Until then, we’re happy assist by showing our experience and we never mind if anyone links to or shares this info. 🙂
This is one amazing guide thank you
Heather Widmer says
Thanks for the compliment, Rebecca!
Going to the falls this October with my wife and I had a ton of questions! Luckily i stumbled on this site! Everything I needed to know was here! Lots of useful information and answers to questions I haven’t thought of yet! Thank you!
Heather Widmer says
We’re thrilled that you found our article helpful Ian! Please let us know how your trip goes to Victoria Falls, we’d love to hear about it!
Thank you for this awesome information page and it really helped me make up my mind to do this on our trip last September (I am just now writing a trip report so I was reminded of this page.) I am no spring chicken nor really very adventurous or brave, but I am so glad I did it…it was amazing! But one thing I’d like to mention which I hadn’t seen anywhere and isn’t mentioned here. We went on the 7:30 trip and it was FREEZING…the air was still very cool and the water frigid. It definitely made it more difficult. I would recommend going on the 9 or even 10:30 as the air will be warmer and the rainbows should still be magnificent.
Heather Widmer says
We’re thrilled that you braved Devil’s Pool! It truly is an experience to remember for a lifetime. Thank you for pointing out the water temperature, the early morning climate is quite chilly! Definitely something to consider when booking a time slot for this tour.
Rupal Dalal says
What a terrifically informative and detailed post about this experience! You answered questions I didn’t even know I had – thanks so much!
John Widmer says
Fantastic! That was our intention when writing, so it’s always great to hear feedback that this. Cheers!
Edward Meads says
My wife and I have booked the Devils Pool for September of 2018. Someone asked me about the water quality of the river, ..i.e. bacteria or other disease causing pathogens. I was more wor ride about crocs, hippos abd a 100 meter drop – seemed like a good question. Any thoughts?
John Widmer says
I haven’t heard anything about bacteria or disease in the Zambezi, but I suppose it’s just one more thing to be concerned about, lol. People go rafting and in Devil’s Pool frequently and I haven’t heard of picking up any diseases while in the water, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t exist.
I can tell you that when we swam in Lake Malawi, we were warned about some sort of bacteria there, but did not receive a similar warning for the Zambezi. It’s a good flowing river. So my non-expert, non-scientific opinion, is that it’s likely fine. Like you said, I’d be more concerned about the crocs, hippos, oh… and that drop! Hope you have a great trip!
We’ve just booked to do this in a couple of weeks. I’m terrified and excited all at once. Hope I’ll be brave enough to ahead and do the swim – I am seriously scared of heights, so here’s holding fingers, thumbs and toes – though the rest of the experience sounds worth it anyway and still spectacular views from the land 😂
John Widmer says
Hope you had a great experience! It is definitely a bit scary but that’s all part of the fun! 🙂
Gwen Cole says
I loved reading your travel log on Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool. Great job describing the tour.
One question though. Can you explain a bit more about logistics of securing my backpack with my passport, money, yellow medical card, etc while on this tour. I understand about guides taking my waterproof iPhone when I cross the river but where is my backpack at that point. I am traveling alone and must be very careful.
John Widmer says
Glad you found this helpful! As for leaving your backpack with your valuables, you can take them with you onto Livingstone Island until it’s time to swim. From there you can leave your backpack on shore on Livingstone Island for the 20 minutes or so that you are experiencing Devil’s Pool. Livingstone Island is isolated and only accessibly to those who are on the tour, so there’s little threat of someone coming to steal your belongings on Livingstone Island. Also you can see the shore while you’re at Devil’s Pool, so that may help to give you some peace of mind. It can always be a little unnerving to leave such things, even if just for a few minutes. But we felt completely safe and comfortable doing so there.
Thank you, thank you for the detailed account…this has answered SO many questions. I never saw myself doing this particular excursion but now I can’t wait to book our tour!!! (We’ll be there late September.)
One clarification…do we still need to purchase a double-entry visa if we plan to obtain the $50 KAZA Visa? We’ll be flying into Zimbabwe and I’m assuming they also require an entry visa.
John Widmer says
If you have a KAZA Visa, obtained flying into Harare… yes, you can definitely use that to go between Zim and Zam freely. So you would not need a double entry visa Zimbabwe if you have the KAZA Visa. When I initially wrote this article last year, the KAZA Visa wasn’t around as it was reintroduced in Dec 2016. Thanks for your great question though, which also acts as reminder to me to update this guide to reflect the KAZA Visa. Have a great trip to Vic Falls!
I am planning to book the devils pools for my trip in September.
I want to capture the best photos with me and my partner in the devils pool with rainbows behind. When is the best time to do this the morning afternoon or high tea?
your urgent response would be much appreciated
John Widmer says
Hi Stacey, we took the 9:00 am breakfast tour and the rainbows were very visible for us, as you can see in the photos. The strength of the rainbows may depend on the clouds and other environmental factors. But based on our trip to Devil’s Pool, I can say that the 9:00 time slot provided us with some nice rainbows. Have a great trip!
when we book for devil’s swim and if the water level is higher , can we undertake angel’s armchair swim instead of?
John Widmer says
That depends on exactly how high the water level is. If the water levels are very high, you will not be able to go in either Devil’s Pool or Angel’s Armchair. This may be the case from around February to June, although the water levels at the time are the true determining factor. Sometimes the water levels are too high for Devil’s Pool yet are low enough for Angel’s Armchair. So it just really depends on the water levels.
I’m planning to visit this September. Thanks for the detailed guide.
John Widmer says
Glad to hear it could be of help. September should be a good time for water conditions. Have a great trip!
Thanks for this fantastic guide. Can you please tell me whether there is a place for you to wash up after the dip into the falls?
Since the Royal Livingstone Hotel is so posh, can you actually ‘borrow’ the bathroom or poolside shower facility there to wash up before you continue your journey?
Heather Widmer says
Hey Runner, thanks for the comment and question! I don’t recall an actual place to wash up after the falls. Livingstone Island does have a restroom/changing room. I used the public restroom at the Royal Livingstone Hotel (you’re right, it’s very posh!) to change into my swimsuit before the boat picked us up to go to Livingstone Island. In our case, we were staying at a campground on the Zimbabwe side, and just showered once back at camp.
Eric || The Bucket List Project says
This is so Awesome! The Devil’s Pool is 100% on my Bucket List however I don’t think I will be doing any headstands in the pool like that one picture I saw.
Also, HIPPOS???? You have to be kidding me? I would probably lose my mind if suddenly a hippo popped up. I think I would rather jump over the falls rather than deal with the hippo!
This by the way is an awesome guide post, I shared it cause you didn’t leave anything out! Keep doing amazing things like this!!
Heather Widmer says
Hey Eric, thanks so much for the comment and sharing our article. Yeah, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw our guide jump in Devil’s Pool head first! Very true about the hippos, I hear they’re really aggressive. As if the experience isn’t scary enough, throwing a hippo in the mix would be enough to send one over the edge, lol.
Rhonda Albom says
Wow, you are so much braver than me. I could feel my blood pressure rising just reading this. This is exactly the type of thing we do as a family, with me sitting behind and taking the photos, and later wishing I wasn’t such a chicken. However, seeing it through your eyes was enough. In real life, you would have lost me at the river swim. Glad you reminded people to get insurance, and also about the dangers of Deet.
Heather Widmer says
Hey Rhonda, thanks so much for the comment! Truth be told, if I hadn’t paid up front I would have been tempted to chicken out too :-). After taking a dip in the pool, I was so glad I did it. Truly an incredible experience! The guides were so wonderful and patient, they made sure everyone was comfortable including the non-swimmers during the river crossing.
You guys are crazy! 😉 I love your blog and its voice.
John Widmer says
Thanks Patrick! This was perhaps our craziest adventure …but so much fun!
Mansoureh Farahani says
Great post with a lot of great tips and information. Actually I watched your vlog earlier and your video made me want to go there. Then I saw your blog and now I know hoe to go there 🙂
Heather Widmer says
Hey Mansoureh, thanks for the comment! So glad to hear that we’ve inspired you to visit Devil’s Pool! Definitely the experience of a lifetime!
The aerial view of Devil’s pool gave the actual scary picture. Only the brave can go there and chill in that pool.
I would prefer to photograph them. 🙂
Heather Widmer says
Hi Indrani, thanks for the comment! I thought the same thing, and didn’t think I would be able to go in the pool myself, but in the end I was so glad I did.
This looks like an amazing adventure and I would love to soak for a few minutes in a pool with SUCH a view! Great post, thanks for sharing the details. 🙂
Heather Widmer says
Hey Kinga, thanks for the comment! You’re absolutely right, that view is incredible and we could have easily spent hours just soaking in the scenery 😀
Howard | Backroad Planet says
I would love to visit Devil’s Pool, but it scares the crap out of me! Your post is so detailed that I almost feel like I have been there already. Virtual reality is not all bad! Excellent work you have done. I have pinned this to my Waterfall Wanderlist board on Pinterest.
Karla | Karlaroundtheworld says
Waaaaahhh what a great adventure, I have always wanted to visit this.
Natalie Deduck says
What an adventure of a lifetime!
I love your scary face on the photo, shows exactly how amazing and frightening the experience is. But I bet the adrenaline rush and the beauty of the place are amazing. Thanks for sharing such practical information, we are planning to head to Africa next year and the Devil’s pool is on my bucket list!
Debra @ Traveling Well For Less says
Oh my gosh, so excited! Devils Pool is totally on my bucket list. And how cool that you got a rainbow in your photos.
Gabor Friesen says
If you ever go there there are always rainbows in once managed to see a triple rainbow
My husband and I did the same Oasis Overland trip as you! What a crazy 56 days! Unfortunately, Devil’s Pool was closed while we were there so we missed out. We decided to do the bungee jump and bridge swing instead. A different type of terrifying. 😉
The adventurous spirit in me is screaming “YES I WANT TO DO THIS NOW!” But I know that upon arrival I would have more butterflies in my stomach than I expect right now. I would definitely love to check this out someday if others were with me!
Amazing guys, I’ve got to do this. I was born in Zimbabwe and visited the falls many times, but every time I try to experience this it’s flooded, DOH! 10th time lucky I hope lol! It really looks incredible, though I think the Husband will have a heart attack, he’s so afraid of heights 😉 Happy travels, Candace
The Common Wanderer says
This guide steps it up a notch – there is SO much info here! Well done!
We’ve done the Angels pool and that was so scary but awesome!