The Devil’s Swimming Pool: Risk takers’ 108m dip

September 17, 2010 | by | 5 Comments

These terrifying photographs show the world’s most dangerous swimming pool where bathers take a dip just INCHES from a deadly 360ft (108m) DROP.

Dubbed The Devil’s Swimming Pool, the natural infinity pool is located near the top of Victoria Falls at Zambia’s border with Zimbabwe.

Dare-devil tourists flock to the pool to pose for photos in the heart-stopping spot while trying to look as relaxed as possible.

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The adventurous swimmers have to wade across strong currents just to get to pool. One wrong step and the water could sweep them over the edge to their deaths.

These photos were taken by Francisc Stugren and his wife Angela, 30, who visited the falls to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

Software engineer Francisc, 35, from Seattle, USA, said the thrill was ”better than bungee jumping”.

He said: ”Being in the Devil’s Pool is a serious adrenaline rush for the first few minutes.

”The thought that you may get sucked away from the relatively calm waters of the pool and down the foamy hell into the pit makes you giddy with apprehension, although you have to stray far out quite a bit for that to happen.

”If you jump in it adds up to the excitement but you can also get in gently.

”It’s great fun – some people enjoy it quietly, swimming, looking and thinking, while others just keep screaming.”

Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, in the Kololo or Lozi languages.

It is not among the highest waterfalls in the world but is famous for its width, which reaches around a mile (1.7km).

It is fed by the Zambezi River, which plummets over the drop and creates an incredible spectacle when seen from downstream.

Guides now offer to lead tourists to the pool but only during the dry season when the river is low and the risk of being swept over the edge is lower.

The highest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela, in South America, which drops an amazing 3,212ft (979m) – almost 10 times the height of Victoria Falls.

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  1. Maureen says:

    Dee duh dee. Or: Here’s your sign!

  2. Maureen says:

    Dee duh dee. Or: Here’s your sign!

  3. Mmalini says:

    U guys are so cool!

  4. Emwhit262 says:

    People bring their KIDS TO THIS??

  5. Aja175 says:

    There’s a deep-ish hole in front of that edge. It’s a lot safer than it looks, there’s a wall between them and their maker,

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