Originally Posted by clairobscur
So, it's "quite safe", only "occasional deaths", assuming that you don't "miscalculate".
Hmm...writing off the Devil's pool from my "to do" list
Also.....there has been someone who was the first to say "It's really hot today. Don't you think that spot right over the falls would be a nice place to cool off?"
Once you were in the pool it would be extremely hard to "slip" over the ledge in anything like a normal flow - you'd have to actively try to climb over it. Getting into it in the first place might be a different matter. Do people swim to it or get there by boat?
Even so, as a father, the second picture down on this page
gives me the serious willies.
I visited Victoria Falls in 2001 and am slightly annoyed that I didn't know about that pool. I must have been stood right by it, but I don't think it had been "discovered" as a tourist attraction back then. Does anyone know when the first references to it appeared?
From the Zambian bank, you can stand right on the edge of the river, almost literally within touching distance of the precipice. The river above the falls is deceptively wide, shallow and peaceful. Just 50ft or so upstream of the falls I remember being able to dip my feet in a shallow sandy beach-like bit at the edge of the water, and in no way felt unsafe.
What did give me pause was the way the local kids would swim from that shore across to the little islands in the stream, showing off. Yes, the river is peaceful, but it is still pretty fast flowing, and the kids would strike out at an angle upstream so they'd be carried down and reach the island they were aiming at. I thought at the time that a miscalculation would be fatal, but perhaps the kids knew there was a ledge there and were only swimming above the "Devil's Pool"? Certainly if they did, they didn't go and sit in it.