Livingstone Island is where Dr David Livingstone first saw the Victoria Falls. Explore the island and experience dramatic views of the Falls, before plunging into Devil’s Pool, a natural rock pool on the edge of the Victoria Falls.
Visit Livingstone Island in Livingstone, Zambia (also known as Devils Pool) and stand where the Scottish explorer David Livingstone first viewed the Victoria Falls. On a Livingstone Island tour you can swim to the edge of the magnificent Victoria Falls and plunge into Devils Pool which is a natural rock pool on a ledge right at the edge of Victoria Falls.
Your trip to Island starts on the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia – 1,3 km upstream of the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Here you will meet your guides and be given an introduction of what to expect and a safety talk. From there you will take a short boat ride to Livingstone Island. The captain will navigate the rocky channels as you cruise within a close distance of the Victoria Falls. This is a great experience in itself.
Once you reach Island you will be greeted by the friendly staff. You are then lead to the very edge of the Victoria Falls where David Livingstone first witnessed the Falls himself. You get to experience magnificent views of the Victoria Falls from a completely different perspective than the views from the rainforest. If it is a sunny day the rainbows are incredible.
Once you have viewed the Victoria Falls you have the opportunity to jump into Devils Pool. The guides will explain the route before giving you a safety briefing. Although there is a safety rope to assist you along the way, you should be a confident swimmer. Once you reach the ledge you climb onto a rocky outcrop close to the edge of the Falls. Devils Pool is a deep natural pool that has been created by thousands of years of erosion. Devils Pool has a natural rock ledge literally on the edge of the Falls. This creates a barrier where the water is only a few centimeters deep. This barrier allows you to safely jump into the pool without getting swept over the edge of the falls.
Once you are in Devils Pool you can lie on the rock ledge and look out over the Victoria Falls. With the flowing water rushing past just meters away. This is an incredible experience and one you will be talking about forever. Once you have had your fun in Devils Pool the guides will lead you back to Livingstone Island where you will be treated to either breakfast, lunch or high tea depending the the time of day. The three options are explained below:
Morning Breezer (US$120 per person)
Trips to Livingstone Island are offered at different times throughout the day. Each trip lasts about 1,5 hours. The Livingstone Island morning breezer trips leave from the Livingstone Island launch site (1,3 km upstream of the Royal Livingstone Hotel) at 07:30, 09:00 and 10:30 and includes tea & coffee, soft drinks and light snacks.
Lunch (US$190 per person)
The Livingstone Island lunch trip departs at 12:30 and includes lunch, soft drinks, beer and wine.
High Tea (US$165 per person)
The Livingstone Island high tea departs at 15:30 and includes tea & coffee, light snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine.
Please note that this activity takes place in Livingstone (Zambia). If you are staying in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) you may require a visa to visit Livingstone Island depending on your Nationality. Please make sure that you have the relevant Visas before booking this activity.
Please note that Livingstone Island is usually closed from mid April until approximately the beginning of June each year due to high water levels.