Saturday, November 17, 2012

Victoria Falls, Zambia - Devil's Pool


Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool

On November 16, 1855 David Livingstone was the first white man to see Mosi-oi-tunya, the smoke that thunders, and named it Victoria Falls.  Purely by coincidence I stepped foot on the island exactly 157 years later.

Its beautiful standing over the falls, but the highlight was devil's pool. You swim across the falls, yes across (so so scary), to a natural pool. There is a rock shelf that prevents you from going over the falls.  It's a deep pool, you can jump in. It is only open at certain times of year when the water levels are low.  You can feel the power of the water as you sit on the rockshelf and fish nibble at your toes. You are allowed to look over the edge, which is exhilirating.

Afterwards, you are treated to a traditional english high tea, complete with a drink. I tried Pimm's for the first time. Not my favorite, but my british friends loved it. If you ever come to Victoria Falls, the Livingstone island tour is a must.




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