Drowning in Devil’s Pool

The edge of Zambia…. down there you are in Zimbabwe, pureafricaexperiences.com

Would you dare it? During the drier months in Zambia a plateau of rocks will reveal itself in the Zambezi River, on top of the Victoria Falls in Zambia. This plateau of rocks forms the so-called “Devil’s Pool”, giving you a tremendous view over the neighbouring country Zimbabwe! . The river’s force will push you towards the edge of the falls as soon as you have jumped in…. but hopefully you won’t tumble down! The rock lips will bring you to a halt just in front of the sheer drop, while the water will continue to flow over – forming the Victoria Falls. When doing this off-season… well.. plainly said.. just don’t.

The Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders (CNN) and therefore should be on top of your bucketlist! For quite some decades now Victoria Falls has been a well appreciated tourist destination, so don’t you worry about arranging your daily activities. Closely located to the Vicatoria Falls are two stunning National Parks: Mosi-oa-Tunya (Zambia) and Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), so nature lovers… eat your heart out! Want to head out on a ‘Big 5’ safari, you can sure do that just a few train stations down in Dete (Hwange National Park). You can easily reach the falls with a daily over-night train departing at Bulawayo (Zimbabwe). When traveling to the falls from Zambia, simply take a train to Livingstone. Unfortunately passenger trains do no longer cross the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, due to the state of the Victoria Falls bridge. You can take alternative transport from Livingstone for the last few kilometres, or go out for a hike.

Want to travel further on rails? I can’t think of any reason why not! From Victoria Falls it’s possible to travel south to Botswana or all the way to South Africa via Mozambique! It will take you a while.. but it’s definitely a great way to explore more of Africa. Going north you will get as far as the middle of the Democratic Republic of Congo (where you will need to find alternative ways of travel to the neighbouring countries), to Angola (on the railway line to Lobito) or to Tanzania (on the railway line to Dar es Salaam).

– The fare between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls in “1st class” (sleeper) is 15 euro.
– The fare between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls in “2nd class” (sleeper) is 10 euro.
– The fare between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls in “3th class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Bulawayo and Francistown in “2nd class” (seat) is 20 euro.
– The fare between Gaborone and Francistown in “1st class” (seat) is 10 euro.
– The fare between Gaborone and Francistown in “2nd class” (seat) is 10 euro.
– The fare between Gaborone and Francistown in “3th class” (seat) is 5 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “1st class” (sleeper) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “1st class” (seat) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “2nd class” (seat) is 20 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Livingstone in “3th class” (seat) is 15 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Dar es Salaam in “1st class” (sleeper) is 40 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Dar es Salaam in “2nd class” (sleeper) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Dar es Salaam in “2nd class” (seat) is 30 euro.
– The fare between Kapiri Mposhi and Dar es Salaam in “3th class” (seat) is 30 euro.

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Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) dep/arr 15:50 12:10 13:50 15:46
Ifakara dep 22:58 05:12 22:30 06:28
Makambako dep 7:46 20:30 08:03 21:29
Mbeya dep 13:23 14:28 14:40 15:00
Kasama dep 22:27 03:29 0:31 03:09
Kapiri Mposhi (Zambia) dep/arr 23:57 22:01 09:26 16:00 13:37 14:00
Kabwe dep 02:55 19:46
Lusaka dep 07:36 15:24
Mazabuka dep 11:55 10:15
Livingstone (Zambia) dep/arr 02:00 20:00
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) dep/arr 19:00 08:00
Hwange dep 23:03 03:47
Dete dep 01:10 02:00
Nyamandlovu dep 06:45 20:50
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) dep/arr 09:00 17:15 08:05 19:30
Francistown dep/arr 21:00 06:11 14:25 12:30
Gaborone (Botswana) dep/arr 05:40 21:25

Entering Zambia requires you to have a visa on forehand or buy one on arrival. A single-entry visa will cost around 40 euro’s and if you only want to explore Livingstone / Victoria Falls when coming from Zimbabwe the costs will be 15 euro’s for 24 hours. Furthermore you can also go for the KAZA visa, which allows you unlimited entry for 1 month in both Zimbabwe and Zambia for 40 euro’s. Thinking of a side-trip to Botswana? Passport holders from commonwealth countries, including the EU and US, are allowed to enter for free.

It is highly advised to read all details at lonelyplanet.

Helicopter view on the Victoria Falls, abercrombiekent.com.au.


I would just stand here… for hours.., traveldigg.com.


A Passenger Steam Train on the Victoria Falls bridge, andbeyond.com.


Wildlife at the Victoria Falls area, pureafricaexperiences.com.