Devil’s pool

The first time I saw pictures of Devil’s pool I thought to myself that those people must be insane! Then I read about it and also wanted to go.

And so I did!

Fort those that never heard of this Devil’s pool, it is located in the edge of Victoria Falls, in Zambia. Just the concept of a natural pool at the edge of one of the World’s biggest waterfalls is frightening, but living that experience is surreal!

This activity can’t be done year round for safety reasons. It’s only open when the water level is low enough not to push people overboard. On the other hand, it is also not a cheap experience. There is only one company operating the trips, and therefore the prices are not negotiable. They go from $80 USD until $160 USD, depending if a meal is included or not. Since the walk was not available (it’s the cheapest option), I had to opt for high tea, for $145 USD.

The journey to Devil’s Pool starts at a five star hotel, on the shore of the river Zambeze. After about 8 hours on the truck since our campsite, we arrived just on time to the hotel, at 3 PM. After getting used to camping, tents and sandwich meals, setting foot on such a luxurious hotel made me feel like a fish out of water. Unfortunately it was for a very short time and that night I would have to go back to the tent!

We took the boat. The trip was short and quick.

A little walk was all that remained until the edge of the waterfall. During that walk, first on land and then on water, I only thought to myself about what I got myself into. I had never done something so extreme in my life! When we arrived at the rock where you’re supposed to jump into the “pool” and see the strong current flowing to the edge, we were thinking twice. It’s an indescribable feeling. On one hand it’s exciting, on the other it makes you feel for your life.

If the guide was in, so could I be. He even seemed to be in very still water…

I felt my heart skipped a beat, but there I was, holding on to a rock, inside Devil’s pool. The name is very suggestive, really!

The water was cold, and we had been told there were fish that eat the dead skin off your feet, and so it was. A little scare here and there, only because of the fish, because the pool was really safe… We just couldn’t go where the current was!

It was one of the best experiences of my life and I really recommend it for those seeking some different thrills! This one truly takes your breath away!

 

Margarida

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