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Claim: Photographs shows a "Devil's Pool" on the edge of Victoria Falls.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
Origins: The "Devil's Pool" (or "Devil's Swimming Pool") shown in the pictures displayed above is a real phenomenon, a natural rock pool at the very top of Victoria Falls in Zambia where (at certain times of year) adventurous swimmers can splash around in relative safety just a few feet away from where the waters of the Zambezi River cascade over the waterfall and plunge more than
In 2003, travel writer Clive Andrews described his visit to the Devil's Pool for an article published in the UK newspaper
I'mMany video clips of tourists enjoying visits to the Devil's Pool (such as the following two) can be found on the Internet:
No matter how many times my guide, Vincent, insists that it's safe to dive in, I just can't see what's going to stop me being swept over the edge and pureed on the jagged rocks at the bottom.
But it's taken me nearly an hour of stumbling over boulders in temperatures of more than 40°C to get to Devil's Pool and I'm not going to give in. So I grit my teeth and take the plunge
The current takes hold immediately, carrying me towards the edge. But, before I can be dragged to a watery grave, I'm stopped by a natural rock wall just beneath the surface. As well as saving my life it allows me to peer over the edge and down into a deafening explosion of rainbow-coloured spray. A truly incredible sight.
Last updated: 17 April 2008
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