Devil's pool Livingstone island
Devil's pool Livingstone island
What we'll do
Five trips are offered throughout the day (details below) each trip lasting about 1hr30 minutes If you are coming from Zimbabwe, you will need to make your own way to the Kingdom Hotel for the transfer to Zambia. Please note that there is a border crossing involved and you need to make sure that you have the proper visa's.
After the border crossing, you are taken to the departure or meeting place which is the Livingstone Island launch site, where you will meet your guides and be given an introduction of what to expect, as well as a safety talk.
From there a five minute boat ride speeds you through the current of the Zambezi River, twisting and turning as the captain navigates his way through the rocky channels, this in itself is an exhilarating experience as you head towards the rising column of spray from the Victoria Falls.
Once on the sandy and rocky island, you are greeted by the island staff with a traditional Maheu energy drink made from maize meal and are then led to the very edge of the Falls on the east of the island overlooking Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls. In 2005 a commemorative plaque was erected here to commemorate 150 years since Livingstone's first arrival.
The guides then lead you to the west of the island overlooking Main Falls. Wow... what a magnificent view, as the main torrent of water gushes over the basalt precipice. It's like no other view of the Falls and gives a completely different perspective to the views one gets from the path through the Rainforest on the other side of the canyon.
During the morning trips, if it's sunny day, the rainbows are just incredible. It's truly jaw dropping and honestly I can't recommend it highly enough.
Now is your chance to jump into the Devils Pool if you wish, this is not compulsory and is only if you feel comfortable. Stripping down to your swimming costume (they have spares just in case you thought you weren't brave enough, but have now suddenly worked up the courage) your guide leads you and explains your route.
You swim slightly upstream in a very slow current, being a strong swimmer is not a prerequisite. A safety rope is also in place as an added precaution. You then climb out on another rocky outcrop close to the edge of the Falls and the Devils Pool.
The Devils Pool itself is a deep natural pool that has been created by thousands of years of erosion, but what is unique about it is that there is a rock ledge on the lip of the Falls, where the water is only a few centimetres deep. This natural barrier is what allows you to jump into the deep pool but not get swept over the edge.
You can now lie on this rock lip at the edge of the Devils Pool and look right into the 103m chasm of the Falls, with huge torrents of water flowing just meters away. The guides will take photos and video of you with your camera if you have one.
The Devils Pool has a real adrenaline high and people who have experienced it Love it!. Once back on Livingstone Island you will be treated to either breakfast, lunch or snacks depending the the time of day you have gone.
Your boat then whisks you back to the mainland at the launch site. A Magical experience!
Where we'll go
Tap to load map
We meet our clients from our office and from hotels, The Devils swimming Pool is available for an even shorter period as the water level has to be really low to allow for safe swimming. Although variable every year this is normally from late August to early January,
Good to know
Good to know
- Don’t forget your passport, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and swimming costume (perhaps pop this on under your clothes or take a small back pack with you to change on the island)
- Please note that suitable footwear should be worn as the rocks can be sharp and slippery ie. Waterproof boat shoes, slip on with good grip
- Also take a few dollars as you may want to tip the guides on the island
- If you have any specific dietary requirements, please advise at the time of your booking
- Children 12 and under are not permitted on any Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool trip
Cancellation and refund
The booking fee ($13.75 p.p. included in the displayed price) is non-refundable if you cancel your booking. If a local cancels a booking or does not show up at the agreed time and place, you receive a full refund of the booking fee.
You are buying a unique experience that also empowers local communities and people to improve their lives by sharing their knowledge and lifestyle.
We give space for creativity. The locals themselves decide and develop the activity idea and design it in a way they find interesting.
Locals get 100% of the price they want. The booking fee is added separately.
Meet the Local
Create a best chapter in your Zambian safaris with Owen's Taxi and Tours life story by visiting Livingstone Zambia home of the might Victoria Falls which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With the vast of activities taking place at the falls, you will return home as storyteller. We are specifically designed to provide and organize affordable yet comfortable holiday activities, accommodation, Tours and safaris for clients. All our vehicles are equipped with air condition. With our experienced staff, your stay is assured to be a memory to treasure. We cater for any group, big or small, thus making your personally tailored holiday activity Centre. We provide and organize Airport Transfers, Safaris, Car Hire, Activities, Tour, Destination Management, Cultural Experience etc. Contact us for more information and bookings
It can take 1-2 days until locals respond to your questions.
Asking questions is restricted to registered users. Don't worry. It's free!