Sunday, 13 December 2009

The Devil's Swimming Pool

Being a cautious type, I am terrified, yet strangely drawn by these photos. They depict what must be one of the scariest swimming spots on earth. It's perched on the edge of one of the natural wonders of the world - the Victoria Falls / Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Mist that Thunders) - on the Zambezi river between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Lodged above the 108 meter cascade, it's a naturally formed hole in the riverbed, entered by jumping from the Zambian bank. At this point the river is 1,708 meters wide. Apparently it's very safe in the dry season, with a wide lip which controls the current and keeps these thrill-seekers from plunging to oblivion. Nature's unpredictability would make this a swim too far for me.....


  1. Holy moly! And here I was thinking how exotic it would be to do the Windermere swim someday! I can't beleive people are in there with their kids -- I had trouble taking my daughter up in the Space Needle when she was a baby.

  2. Yes, it's the stuff of nightmares as far as I'm concerned!
    ...And DO come to Windermere LisieMern - you will LOVE it!!!