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Livingstone Island is perched on the edge of the Victoria Falls in the very midst of this thundering mass of water. Your visit begins with a thrilling ride through the channels of the Zambezi. Thereafter, you will be taken on a guided exploration of...more
Tongabezi | Private Bag 31, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a tour to Livingstone Island to swim in the Devils Pool since we were visiting the falls during dry season. The whole experience was incredible! We ended up booking the high tea time slot and while it was a bit more expensive, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank archrsmith
Reviewed November 7, 2018

A unique experience and the best way to see Victoria Falls -- swimming in a pool on top and looking down the gorge. A very professional and friendly operation.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alexander P
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We did this excursion, with Shearwater, from our B&B in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. They organised the Zim side pick up, transfer to the border and a pick up on the other side to the Royal Livingstone hotel. You (UK) do need a visa to get...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CambridgeJames
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

This was an interesting tour. My husband and I did not swim as Devils Pool was to high. You get a walking tour and get extremely close to the falls on the Zambia’s side. Be sure to wear shorts as you get very muddy and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank susanjredmond
Reviewed October 4, 2018

This was a real surprise. You will not see the Victoria Falls any better than this. Worth the money,

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Kim007007
Reviewed September 28, 2018

This trip is not for the faint hearted but if you can, do it. It involves a short( fast) boat ride to Livingstone island. A safety briefing; a wade and short swim ( in line and following a guide) towards the pool; a scramble over...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MrPhil1973
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Very cool visit to angels pool! Bathing on the edge and seeing everything, just right there is amazing. Even the boat ride there was so much fun! The experience was great! However, the company and communication was quite poor. The pickup spot had been changed,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank the-non-residents
Reviewed September 5, 2018

We took this trip from the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the Zambezi and nothing can prepare you for the sheer thrill and excitement of the swim in the pool that is just 1.5 meters from the edge of the waterfall! We went...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Historybuff_9
Reviewed August 29, 2018

The trip is expensive but we thought well worth it. To see the Falls from above is quite phenomenal. I did not swim in the Angels Pool but watched my daughter do so with my heart in my mouth. The guides took fantastic photos and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Emma H
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Can only agree with some other reviews here. The staff and the organisation of the whole tour was the worst ever. Our guide was super unfriendly and impatient. So it turned out to be more a rushed tour than anything else. It seemed to me...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Pat B
June 3, 2018|
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Response from Tongabezi | Property representative |
Not at all! You can actually only walk to Livingstone Island at very specific times of the year, and only with official Tongabezi guides, because it's right in the middle of the waterfall. It's far more likely that you would... More
January 12, 2018|
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Response from Mahriah | Reviewed this property |
Hi! The tour is called “Livingstone Island Tour.” The price varies depending upon what time of day your tour is. Can’t remember exactly what I paid. There is only one tour as it’s owned by the hotel, so it doesn’t really... More
Peggy B
October 22, 2017|
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Response from Christina H | Reviewed this property |
Hi! My husband and I went to Angel's Pool in early July of 2016. I wouldn't know the exact temperature... but I had no issues :) though I was excited and wasn't going to let it stop me haha, I recall my husband grimacing and... More
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Darwin, Australia
September trip Jo'burg, Kruger, Vic Falls, Chobe,Cape town (4 Replies)
I have the chance to go to Africa from Australia but only for 2 weeks. I'm looking at September due to the flights being the cheapest at this time! (on a budget :) ) Is September a good time? Should I go early or late? I could also go December but flights are a lot more.. The plan I have is -fly into Jo'burg get there early then the following day head on a 4 day safari to Kruger come back to jo,burg then following day fly to Vic Falls. I would like to do the Livingstone Island tour then the...More
February 05, 2017|
Response fromTazzy2264|
ok my bad the cheetah outreach is in cape town, so I will be flying from Victoria falls to cape town and then cape town to Sydney (both have a stop over in Johannesburg briefly. I think that makes more sense! Is Cape town safe enough? My family are very worried for me. I wont go out at night or really by myself and will stay somewhere that has food for dinner there. On that note any recommendations on accom? Budget friendly! Max $60 a night style haha!
Devil's Pool - Option for NonSwimmers? (5 Replies)
Hey all - We are leaving on our african safari in just two weeks! Can't wait. Two of us are going to Devil's Pool to swim on the edge of the falls. We see it is part of a larger tour "Livingstone Island Tour". Two other people traveling with us would love to see the falls from this perspective but can not swim. Hence would not be doing the devil's pool. The website though says that you need to be able to swim to do the tour. This has caused some confusion. Has anyone been on this tour? Can...More
October 10, 2012|
Response fromgcats|
Just back from our trip and did the devils pool. You need to swim about 30 metres on your way to the edge where you jump in. There is a fairly strong current in the swim with safety ropes just in case. At the pool you either jump in or slide in and swim about 3 metres to the edge. I would say a non swimmer would find it difficult to do it however they can go across on the boat with the rest of the tour and get excellent views of the falls from the edge before the swim part and then have the...More
Seattle, Washington
Livingstone vs Victoria Falls- Visa costs for Canadians? (3 Replies)
I'm trying to figure out if we should stay on the Zimbabwe or Zambian side of the falls but having a hard time getting a consistent answer on visa costs. We will be staying for 3 nights and then transferring to the Chobe Princess for 2 nights before returning to the Vic falls area to fly to Cape Town. So regardless of whether we stay in Zambia or Zimbabwe we will need a multiple entry visa. We also plan on doing the Livingstone Island tour and so even if we stay in Zimbabwe we will need to...More
April 20, 2016|
Response frombrownfootedboobie|
I had a similar dilemma.Victoria Fallsguide.com has useful info. I decided to stay on the Zimbabwe side ,since most of my activities would be there.Cresta Spray had a good rate and location.Helicopter trip will be my Zambia visa. You get more for your money in Livingston.Zimbabwe is on the us dollar. Fly out of Kasane (chobe) to avoid another transfer cost.