Devil’s Pool / Victoria Falls
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Offbeat Traveler: Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls

With one leap, Victoria Falls, on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, can somehow manage to get more interesting, if that is possible for something that is already a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been been dubbed one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World by one website. (Judy Frederiksen)
Visitors can swim in Devil’s Pool, a natural rock formation near the edge of the Zambian side of the falls, as the Zambezi River pours thunderously into the gorge about 355 feet below. (Aftab Uzzaman)
The dry season, usually September through December, is the best bet for getting into the pool. The flow of water then is much lower than it is during full flood, reducing the current. (JackyR)
Though the pool is shallow and there is a safety line for those caught in the current, visitors should be adept swimmers. And be cautious -- a cool photo of you hanging over the edge isn’t worth the risk. (mp3ief)
As for Victoria Falls, its width of more than 5,500 feet and height of about 355 feet make it among the largest sheets of falling water in the world. (zest-pk)
Victoria Falls are part of Mosi-o-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. Mosi-o-Tunya means “the smoke that thunders,” which comes from the rising mist and roaring noise of the falls plunging to the gorges below, both of which can be taken in from miles away. (Joe Ross)
Visitors who don’t feel like taking a dip in Devil’s Pool can find numerous other things to do: white-water rafting, zip lining over the falls and bungee jumping. Look for baboons and monkeys, which are common to the area. Buffalos, zebras, giraffes and hippopotamuses can sometimes be found above the falls as well. (Maria de la Guardia)
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