There are two bodies of water known as The Devil’s Pool. The first is located near Babinda in Far North Queensland, Australia. This pool gets its name because of its nasty habit of swallowing up tourists – specifically young single males. Wikipedia reports that the pool has claimed 17 lives since 1959.
The origins of this mysterious place are rooted in Aboriginal legend. According to a local myth, a woman was to be married to a respected tribal elder but ran away with a beautiful young man instead. When they were captured she threw herself into the waters to escape, calling for her lover to follow. Now her ghost calls to young men to follow her into the pool, leading to their eventual drowning.
The second, and more picturesque Devil’s Pool is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The pool is a naturally occurring feature of Victoria Falls, and has become a tourist attraction on the Zambia side of the falls.
According to Wikipedia:
“When the river flow is at a safe level, usually during the months of September and December, people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls within the pool without continuing over the edge and falling into the gorge; this is possible due to a natural rock wall just below the water and at the very edge of the falls that stops their progress despite the current.” (source)
Adventurous travelers love how close they can get to the edge without being swept over. There are no guard rails – so lean over at your own risk. This devilish pool overlooks a 103 meter drop down the second most massive waterfall in the world (twice as high as Niagra Falls, twice as wide as Horseshoe Falls, but rivaled by South America’s Iguazu Falls).