Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Devil's Pool: Swimming on the Edge of the Victoria Falls

Devil's Pool is a rocky depression on the edge of the Victoria Falls, located along the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the dry season, Devil's Pool is shallow enough that people can safely swim right to the edge before the waterfall drops more than 300 feet. Because of a natural rock wall just below the surface, swimmers don't get swept down by the force of the falls. This is as close as you can get to the edge of the world’s largest waterfall.

A guide will tell you exactly where to jump and once everyone in the group has jumped safely the guide will hold your ankles and you can lie and hang your arms over the edge. It is still a dangerous activity and the Devil's Pool claims at least one life each year.

While it is neither the highest nor the widest, the Victoria Falls is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on the waterfalls width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. It is also a popular tourist destination. By the end of the 1990s, almost 300,000 people were visiting the falls annually, and this was expected to rise to over a million in the next decade.

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7 comments:

  1. I would seriously like to try that!!
    - Jas

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  2. I had a butterfly in my stomach while scrolling the pictures above. It's a dangerous pool but tourist wanted to experience how incredible the feeling would be upon jumping near the end of the cliff. ohm, it's really scary but I might try it one day.

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  3. Holding your child near the edge is an accident waiting to happen! Please people be responsible!

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    1. And THAT is exactly the type of attitude that has given birth to evils like anti-bacterial soap and lawyers. Experience life for once.

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    2. you couldn't be more right that is stupid to put your self in harms way and then your child!!!!!!

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  4. I would love to do that one day,

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  5. I can't believe at least one "don't let your kids live a normal outdoor life so that they can't judge danger accurately as adults and die then for sure" control freak had to post here! Explain why overprotected kids' death are more common in America than normal kids in Europe who are allowed to take some risks? Personally, I find it more dangerous to let kids roam with friends at malls and in American streets! Even schools have shootings! So since YOU are responsible, your kids don't go to school and don't go out at all, right?

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