In a rickety Mokoro canoe, bouncing along the swift rapids of the Zambezi, David Livingstone was transported to the most magnificent discovery he would ever uncover. When the tip of the Mokoro delved into the soft sand of “Goat Island”, and the adventurer clambered onto its banks, it became “Livingstone Island”. This awe-inspiring island is perched on the edge of a cavernous gorge, eye to eye with the roaring cloud of mist- “Mosi-Au-Tunya” (The Smoke That Thunders). Its neighbour is the raging wave of the Zambezi that plunges down the black basalt rock. It is guarded by tall teak trees that hum with birdlife. It is visited by pods of grazing hippo, and herds of elegant elephant. It has seen the sky when it is brewing with angry storm clouds, and when it is such a brilliant blue that the colour seems to seep into the river below. Every morning the island greets the sun as it rises over the rainforest, and bids it farewell when it sinks below the horizon, leaving a golden glow in its wake. The island watches water become one of the worlds wonders as the Zambezi tips its contents between the earths lips. Livingstone realised that a sight so spectacular should be honoured with the name of a Queen. When you sit on Livingstone Island surrounded by pristine natural beauty, you will meet the Queen of Africa- the Victoria Falls. 

Devil's Pool is the ‘ultimate infinity pool’, adjacent to the famous Livingstone Island situated on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Guests can choose to enjoy an exhilarating swim to the edge of the falls during their Livingstone Island visit. The Devil's Pool is usually open between mid August and mid January - depending on Zambezi water levels.

General information: 

  • Minimum 2 pax – Maximum 24 pax

  • No children under 12 years old

  • Guest will need to climb in and out of a boat and over rocks on the island.

  • Swimming in Devil’s Pool is only available between middle of August and end of January (depending on actual water levels)

  • Clients who are not staying at Royal Livingstone or AVANI need to book transfers separately from their Lodging places.

  • Special dietary requirements need to be communicated in advance.

  • Because the island is very popular and has a maximum number of 24 pax at any one time it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursion Includes:

  • Return transfer by boat from the Royal Livingstone Sun deck

  • A guided walking tour of the Island

  • A guided swim in Devil’s Pool or the rock pools, depending on the season

  • Towels

  • Raincoats and umbrellas when there is a lot of spray from the Falls

  • A sit-down meal and drinks after the tour:

    • Morning Breakfast Breezer – Eggs Benedict, muffins and scones, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and fruit punch

    • Lunch - buffet lunch, with soft drinks, beer and wine

    • Afternoon High Tea - light snacks, tea, coffee, , soft drinks, beer and wine


What you need to bring

  • Comfortable/non slip shoes or sandals

  • Camera - clients to handle this at their own risk, even if guides assist

  • Hat/Cap, sunglasses

  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellent

  • A swimsuit when the pools are open

  • Jacket/sweater in winte​r

It has seen the sky when it is brewing with angry storm clouds, and when it is such a brilliant blue that the colour seems to seep into the river below. Every morning the island greets the sun as it rises over the rainforest, and bids it farewell when it sinks below the horizon, leaving a golden glow in its wake. The island watches water become one of the worlds wonders as the Zambezi tips its contents between the earths lips.

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