The world's best infinity pool and when to visit
Zambia’s Victoria Falls certainly has no shortage of amazing sights and among them is an infinity pool made by Mother Nature herself.
Known as the world's best infinity pool, Devil's Pool is the ultimate experience for global adventurers. This pool is located on the edge of one of the planet's largest waterfalls, Victoria Falls. Located in Zambia, this African wonder is both stunning and exhilarating. The deep and natural pool was created from thousands of years of erosion. The rock ledge on the lip of the waterfall is a natural barrier that allows swimmers to jump into the pool yet not get swept over the edge of the Victoria Falls.
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Why Experience Devil's Pool
A swim in Devil's Pool is a true bucket list item. The only way to enjoy the thrill of this natural attraction is through an official tour. The pool is accessed through the Zambian side of the falls, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. Because there is a border crossing involved, you need to bring your passport or visa. Please note that visitors must be at least 12 years old to be able to enter Devil's Pool. Although children may be allowed to go on the tour, they are not allowed to enter the pool.
Is Devil's Pool Safe
While many people may question the safety of an excursion to Devil's Pool, the right precautions can help to mitigate any potential dangers. In the actual pool, there is a rock lip that protrudes upward to keep swimmers from falling over the edge. To get to the pool, you need to swim a short distance in the Zambezi River right above Victoria Falls. Although there is a slight current in this river, it is a relatively easy swim for most people. Depending on the time of the year and the weather conditions, you can expect the river to be about waist-level deep. Be aware that there are fish that may nip at your legs while you swim across this river.
Many people have also spotted crocodiles and hippos swimming high above the falls. Tour guides are instructed to check for these animals before allowing visitors to proceed into the water. Because the water is relatively shallow, these creatures are usually easy to spot and avoid.
When to Visit Devil's Pool
A visit to the Devil's Pool must be timed right to be able to enjoy its waters safely. This attraction is only available when the water level is low enough to ensure a safe experience. The water level is dependent upon how much rainfall the rain season brings. While it varies from year to year, the pool is generally open from late August to early January. Timing your trip in the middle of this period will ensure the most favorable weather conditions and swimming experience.
What to Bring
You do not want to show up for a tour at Devil's Pool unprepared for the adventure. Be sure to bring a swimsuit, dry clothes to change into after your swim, insect repellant, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It is also important to bring suitable footwear to wear on the slippery rocks.
There is nothing that quite compares to the thrill of laying at the edge of Devil's Pool and looking over into the chasm of Victoria Falls. Before you head out on the adventure, be sure to check the local forecast so that you can adequately prepare for the conditions.