The unique makeup of Devil’s Pool—a deep basin with a rock lip between the pool and the waterfall—gives the natural pool a balance of excitement and security. Visitors can jump off rock ledges into the deep part of the pool, swim up to the edge and look over, and take photos with Victoria Falls dropping away in the background.
Devil’s Pool is just off Livingstone Island on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and can be reached by boat on guided tours. These tours also include a Zambezi boat ride and a walking tour on the historic Livingston Island. Guides only take guests to Devil’s Pool when water levels make it reasonably safe to swim in the pool, limiting this experience to the region’s dry season.
Things to Know Before You Go
While Devil’s Pool tours only operate when the water levels are considered safe, there is still inherent risk involved when swimming at the edge of the falls.
Livingstone Island tours are typically offered five times a day and include a meal on the island.
You can take a Livingstone Island tour and opt out of the Devil’s Pool swim if you decide it’s not for you.
Book your tour in advance; trips frequently sell out.
This adventure may not be suitable for those with a fear of heights.
How to Get There
The only way to visit Devil’s Pool is on a Livingstone Island tour, which can include round-trip transportation from your hotel in either Livingstone, Zambia, or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. After reaching Livingstone Island by boat, you must swim or wade across a section of the Zambezi River to reach Devil’s Pool.
When to Get There
Access to Devil’s Pool depends on water levels, and your best shot at good conditions is between August and January. Livingstone Island tours do not operate when water levels are too high, so if swimming in this natural infinity pool is your goal, plan your trip accordingly. Morning tours offer the best chance to snap photos with rainbows in the background.
Visit Angel’s Armchair if Devil’s Pool is Closed for the Season
While Devil’s Pool is only accessible for a portion of the year, the fall's-side Angel’s Armchair pool can be accessed in much of Devil’s Pool off-season. Though smaller than Devil's Pool, Angel’s Armchair offers the same thrill and is a stop on Livingstone Island tours. Note that in the highest water season (typically mid-March through mid-June) it is not possible to visit either pool.