Mar 2, 2011

World's Most Dangerous Pool

Do you know which the most dangerous swimming pool in the world is? Would you risk your life just to be able to swim on it?

Without a doubt, the most dangerous pool in the world is the Devil’s Pool. The pool is located at Victoria Falls located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe which is considered by some to be among the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Victoria Falls have a drop of 128 meters and has a place where one can swim in the so-called Devil’s pool but only during the months of September to December when water levels are comparatively low. The pool has taken 17 lives since 1959. The local council urges visitors to stay within a designated swimming area to be safe.

Many believe that the pool itself is a cursed place. The dangers are held to be geographical, but local tribes people and Babinda locals generally believe and recount the legend of an Aboriginal woman's curse on the waterhole.

The legend arises from the story of a woman who married a respected tribal elder but ran away with a beautiful young man visiting for the event. When they were captured she threw herself into the waters to escape, calling for her lover to follow her. The legend goes that her spirit guards the boulders and that her calls for her lover can still be heard.

Whether the legend is true or not, Devil's pool is truly a dangerous pool which have taken a lot of lives.


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