Swimming in Devil’s Pool begins today. A natural swimming pool at the lip of Victoria Falls (on the Zambian side), it is accessible via Livingstone Island. Without a doubt one of the best places from which to see the falls, this tiny island was where David Livingstone was first paddled in a dugout through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist then and now known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or The Smoke That Thunders.
The Makololo paddlers skillfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November, 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world, which he named after his Queen as the Victoria Falls.
Now guests arrive at the island in a twin-engined speedboat, for one of three morning visits, lunch or an afternoon tea.
The concession for Livingstone Island is managed by Tongabezi Lodge, which voluntarily gives 10 percent of the Livingstone Island revenue to education projects in the Mukuni area. So far they have built three teacher’s houses, and have enough in the kitty to build two more.