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All You Need to Know Before Visiting Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls

Visiting Devil's Pool, Victoria Falls

The Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, is one of the most popular attractions in Africa. It has been described as “like going to hell on earth”, which is a very fitting description! But what do you need to know before you go? How do you swim in this deadly-looking Pool? Who should not swim here? In this article, we will try to answer all these questions.

Best Time to Visit Devil’s Pool

The best time to visit is between November and March when it’s dry. But you should always check the weather before heading out! It can get hazardous during rainy seasons (September to November) because the ground gets slippery, and many fallen trees could fall on you.

The park has two main attractions: Devil’s Pool and Victoria Falls Bridge. They are both beautiful but different in terms of what they offer visitors. If you want something more adventurous than just taking pictures of Victoria Falls Bridge standing on top of a rock with your camera, go for Devil’s Pool.

How to Swim in Devils Pool, Victoria Falls

There are two ways to get to Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls:

One is via the Zambian side of the falls. To take this route, you must travel from Livingstone on Zimbabwean soil and cross over into Zambia by bus or taxi (or private vehicle). The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia is open 24 hours per day; however, if you plan on spending your entire vacation at Devil’s Pool, it may be worth considering taking a guided tour instead of driving yourself there. You can book these tours through any agency in town—make sure they include transportation and lodging so that everyone gets back safely at night!

The second option involves travelling across northern Namibia before crossing back into Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwean soil). Due to the lack of direct flights connecting both countries, this route takes longer than travelling through Zambia; however, if time isn’t an issue, then flying directly would be more convenient since accommodations become easier to book once everything is in order.

What to Pack for Devil’s Pool

When you head to Devil’s Pool, you must be prepared. Here are some things that you should bring with you:

  • A swimsuit (or two) and a towel if visiting during the summer months. The water is cold!
  • Sunscreen and hats if visiting during the summer months. We recommend wearing sunblock with SPF 30 or higher as no trees are here to shield your skin from UV rays—and remember, there’s no shade! The sun is brutal here in July and August, so don’t forget about your hat! Also, note that swimming shoes can get wet when entering the pool area due to algae build up on rocks near waterfalls which causes slippery floors for some people who aren’t used to them yet but eventually learn how not.

To slip/slide around like an idiot when walking barefoot inside these pools.

The danger of Devil’s Pool

  • The water is cold.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty.
  • There are no facilities for swimming or sunbathing, and you will have to swim in the Pool, which can be dangerous if the current is strong.

Who Should Not Swim in Devil’s Pool?

Devil’s Pool is not for everyone. It’s not recommended for children, and it’s dangerous to swim in if you aren’t a good swimmer.

You should be able to tread water, float on your back and keep your head above water at all times while swimming in this Pool. If you have difficulty doing these things, don’t swim in Devil’s Pool! Other pools around the area will suit your needs better than Devil’s Pool (like Potholes), so don’t let this put you off visiting Victoria Falls.

Swimming in the Devil’s Pool is a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you are brave enough! While it is not for everyone, this water is so cold that you must wear a wetsuit.

The swimming hole is located just off Victoria Falls Bridge and can only be reached by boat or by hiking down from upstream. As soon as you enter the Pool, some large rocks submerged underwater that you must avoid while swimming. The area around these rocks has been designated as dangerous due to strong currents, making it difficult for swimmers who aren’t adequately prepared with appropriate equipment and skillset.


The best way to ensure you have the most fun possible at Devil’s Pool is by taking our advice and keeping these tips in mind. If you’re still a bit unsure about whether or not it would be safe for you to swim in the Devil’s Pool, we recommend doing some research on the area before heading down there. The site is full of other activities that would be more suitable for people who are not used to being in cold water or away from their support system during long trips (such as hiking), so make sure that no one gets chapped skin.


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