Video hint: drag your cursor over the video as you watch for a 360 degree view over the Falls, courtesy of the incredible team at National Geographic.
When you think of Africa, you think beautiful beaches, untamed bush and gourmet food and wine, but for some people travel needs to have a bit of an edge – literally. There’s nothing quite as edgy as the world’s ultimate infinity pool, Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls, locally known as the Mosi-oa-Tunay (The Smoke that Thunders) is not just a magical sight for would-be photographers. It also offers adrenaline junkies a number of ways to get closer to the water to test your courage.
Devil’s Pool is a natural rock pool that teeters on the edge of the Falls. Between the months of September and January this pool is shallow enough for you to swim right up to the lip, bringing you just a few feet from the point where over 500 million litres of water a minute cascade down into the gorge.
Is it dangerous? Not really, as you’ll be with an experienced guide and you won’t get swept down by the force of the water as there’s a rock wall just below the surface. You do however need to be a confident swimmer as you’ll swim from Livingstone Island before taking a leap of faith into the pool. To date, we are not aware of any casualties!
See the Falls from the air
Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River are spectacular from the ground, but literally breath-taking from the air. Fly over the Falls in a microlight and see this natural wonder from a bird’s eye view. Alternatively, dive 111m over the falls on a bungee jump or zoom across the deep gorge on a zipline.
Try your hand at white water rafting
Rafting enthusiasts can try white water rafting down the Zambezi. The Zambezi River below the Falls offers what many consider to be the best white water rafting run in the world. As you hurtle through the long and violent rapids, down steep gradients and over big drops, you’ll have a chance to take in the incredible scenery on the calm stretches of water in between swirling eddies. Your rafting adventure options range from two and five days and include camping on pristine white beaches under starlight, as well as plenty of stops to swim in the tranquil parts of the river.