Devil’s Pool is a natural pool of water located atop Victoria Falls, which is known for having one of the world’s largest waterfalls.
A calm pool of water forms right on the edge of this massive waterfall. This is known as Victoria Falls’ Devil’s Pool. Daring visitors can even swim in this pool that straddles the edge of Victoria Falls!
On the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, you’ll find Devil’s Pool. It is located near Livingstone Island, nearly halfway across the mile-wide waterfall.
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Tongabezi Safaris’ guided boat excursions are the only way to get there. These depart from a launch on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, upstream of the falls.
Many rock ponds have developed near the famous Victoria Falls after thousands of years of erosion – one of them… almost on the brink!
Devil’s Pool is the ultimate infinity pool, with a sheer drop and an up-close-and-personal view of the sheer drop off the side of the falls!
It requires a rough trek and a dip in the Zambezi to get to the pool, where you may jump into the adrenaline-pumping swimming hole.
Those who are brave enough to jump into the pool are driven to the edge by the power of the river, with the granite lip bringing them to a stop as the Zambezi’s wild waves smash over the cliffs a few feet away.
The view from the brink is completely thrilling as you feel the power of the Zambezi rushing by you and smashing down over the 100-meter plunge.
1. Devil’s Pool Location
Devil’s Pool is situated inside Victoria Falls, a magnificent cascade located approximately halfway down the Zambezi River’s course, on the boundary between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south.
Devil’s Pool is located in the center, although it is accessed from the Zambian side. However, it is readily accessible from the Zimbabwe side of the river by taking a day excursion into Zambia.
2. How to Get to Devil’s Pool
The Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) is situated 11 miles south of the city, while the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) is three miles north of the city, across the Zambian border.
If you arrive at the Victoria Falls Airport, you may take a shuttle or a cab to town. A shuttle should cost about $24 and a cab should cost between $30 and $40.
If you arrive at Zambia’s Livingstone Airport, you must take a cab to the border for US$25, pass customs, and then take another taxi to town for US$5.
A shuttle or private transfer from Livingstone Airport should cost about $15 USD.
Traveling by Train
Between Bulawayo to Victoria Falls, there is an overnight train. A first-class ticket costs US$12, and you travel through beautiful countryside on British coaches from the 1950s.
Traveling by Car
Victoria Falls is 68 miles from Hwange and 270 miles from Bulawayo, and the roads are in poor condition. If you opt to hire a car at Livingstone Airport and drive to Victoria Falls, bear in mind that you will be required to pay taxes and insurance at the border, as well as acquire a temporary import permission for the vehicle.
Taking the bus
The Pathfinder Bus Company will transport you from Harare to Victoria Falls for US$35; however, bear in mind that the journey will take 12 hours due to stops in many smaller cities. Extracity Luxury, which costs $30, is a more direct alternative.
3. Weather and Climate at Devil’s Pool
In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, January, like December, is a warm summer month, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 29.4°C (84.9°F). The average high temperature in January is almost the same as it is in December – a fairly hot 29.4°C (84.9°F).
February, the final month of summer, is another warm month at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with average temperatures ranging from 28.8°C (83.8°F) to 19.1°C (66.4°F). The average high temperature at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is almost the same as it was in January – a still fairly hot 28.8°C (83.8°F).
March, the first month of fall, is still a warm month at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with average temperatures ranging from 18.2°C (64.8°F) to 29°C (84.2°F). The average high temperature at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is similar to that of February – a still warm 29°C (84.2°F).
April, like March, is a warm fall month in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with average temperatures ranging from 28.7°C (83.7°F) to 16.2°C (61.2°F). The average high temperature in April is roughly the same as it was in March – a still warm 28.7°C (83.7°F).
May, the final month of fall, is also a fairly hot month in Victoria Falls, with average temperatures ranging from 27.7°C (81.9°F) to 13.8°C (56.8°F). The average high temperature at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is roughly the same as it was in April – a still fairly hot 27.7°C (81.9°F).
Weather in June
June, the first month of winter, is also a fairly hot month in Victoria Falls, with average temperatures ranging from 11.5°C (52.7°F) to 25.6°C (78.1°F). The average high temperature at Victoria Falls in June is roughly the same as it was in May – a still fairly hot 25.6°C (78.1°F).
July, like June, is a fairly hot winter month in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with average temperatures ranging from 11.1°C (52°F) to 25.3°C (77.5°F). July is the coolest month, with an average high temperature of 25.3°C (77.5°F) and a low temperature of 11.1°C (52°F).
Weather in August
August, the final month of winter, is another warm month in Victoria Falls, with average temperatures ranging from 29.5°C (85.1°F) to 14.1°C (57.4°F). The average maximum temperature at Victoria Falls rises slightly, from 25.3°C (77.5°F) in July to a still warm 29.5°C (85.1°F) in August.
Weather in September
September, the first month of spring, is a tropical month in Victoria Falls, with average temperatures ranging from 18.3°C (64.9°F) to 33.6°C (92.5°F). The average high temperature increases slightly in September, from a warm 29.5°C (85.1°F) in August to a hot 33.6°C (92.5°F).
October in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is a hot spring month with average highs of 35.7°C (96.3°F) and lows of 21.9°C (71.4°F). October is the hottest month, with an average high temperature of 35.7°C (96.3°F) and a low temperature of 21.9°C (71.4°F). In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the average relative humidity is 27 percent.
November, the final month of spring, is another warm month in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with average temperatures ranging from 22.4°C (72.3°F) to 33.6°C (92.5°F). The average high temperature at Victoria Falls is roughly the same as it is in October – a tropical 33.6°C (92.5°F).
December, the first month of summer, is still a hot month at Victoria Falls, with average temperatures ranging from 31°C (87.8°F) to 21.5°C (70.7°F). The average high temperature in December is almost the same as in November – a still tropical 31°C (87.8°F).
4. Devil’s Pool Entrance Fee
|International visitors||US$ 30|
|SADC visitors||US$ 20|
|Zimbabwean citizens||US$ 7|
|Lunar tour (all visitors)||US$ 40|
* These fees are for a single entry, if you exit you have to pay again. Your day ticket does not cover your night entry fee
The 1.5-hour ‘Livingstone Breezer’ excursions are priced at US$110 per person. Lunch excursions are $175 per person, while High Tea tours are $150 per person.
5. Things To Do at Devil’s Pool
Ride on a Boat
The trip starts near the Royal Livingstone Hotel at the launch site. You initially take a short boat trip to Livingstone Island, Victoria Falls, with a guide and other group members. The island provides one of the finest views of the falls as well as access to the pools.
To get to Devil’s Pool, you must swim for approximately 100 meters through calm water. The swim is simple, but there is considerable current at points.
If you are not a competent swimmer, you may cling to the rope that spans the water. Certified guides accompany you the whole journey and are always ready to help.
6. Best time to visit Devil’s Pool
Tongabezi Safaris’ boat excursions to Livingstone Island are the only way to see Devil’s Pool. In season, they depart five times each day (June to December).
The 1.5-hour ‘Livingstone Breezer’ excursions depart at 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30 a.m. A 2.5-hour Lunch Tour leaves at 12:30 PM, as does a 2-hour High Tea Tour at 3:30 PM.
The riverine landscape is most picturesque early in the morning or late in the afternoon, which corresponds to the 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM departures. Swimming may be more enjoyable in the heat of the day, which corresponds to excursions leaving at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
The falls are often more spectacular during the rainy season, which lasts from December through March. The disadvantage of visiting the Falls during the rainy season is that you won’t be able to go too near due to the spray.
The dry season lasts from April to October, therefore the water flow will be much reduced. Visiting the falls in November is excellent if you want to view the water volume while also being able to observe the falls’ rocky ledge.
7. Accommodations at Devil’s Pool
You’ll need a place to stay whether you visit this famous monument in Zambia or Zimbabwe. We’ve compiled a list of the finest Victoria Falls hotels so you can enjoy this piece of paradise in style.
There are many hotels and lodges, bed & breakfasts, self-catering options, and camping areas to select from. Whatever your budget is, there will be something for you.
8. Safety and Security at Devil’s Pool
In essence, yes. Minor accidents have happened on the slick rocks, but no deaths have occurred on any organized trip, as far as we are aware. There is no substantial danger of getting washed over Victoria Falls if you do not deliberately seek catastrophe.
The brief swim or wade over is likewise risk-free if you follow the guide’s directions. A less apparent source of worry is the presence of hippos and crocs in the Zambezi River upstream of the waterfall.
However, these animals are often too cautious to approach the waterfall, and the guides will carefully check the water before allowing visitors to enter. Read more safety tips here