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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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