Culture Travel Would You Swim at the Top of This Huge Waterfall? By Starre Vartan Writer Columbia University Syracuse University Starre Vartan has been an environmental and science journalist for 15-plus years. She founded an award-winning eco-website and wrote a book on living green. our editorial process Starre Vartan Updated June 05, 2017 The idea of swimming at the tops of falls as gigantic as these is daunting, to say the least. (Photo: Dietmar Temps/Shutterstock) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world, and the Earth's largest waterfall. It's not the highest, but its sheer size and volume of water earn it the top spot. It's a World Heritage Site, and as you can see from the image above, it's a gigantic flow of water. At the top of Victoria Falls, a rock ledge forms a barrier strong enough to hold back water from the falls, forming a pool where river water from the Zambezi collects before it drops over the edge to crash into the pool 355 feet below. PHOTOS TO INSPIRE: 10 luxury hotels in the middle of nowhere This natural infinity pool is a dangerous place for a swim, but you can do it if you go with experienced tour guides. They call the spot "Devil's Pool," and the lip where you can sit right above the falls is called "Devil's Armchair" for good reason. To access the pool, you have to be on the Zambia side of the falls — Zimbabwe lies on the other side. Access is only granted during the dry season, and it's safest between September and October. Visitors take a boat ride to Livingstone Island, which was named for the first European to see the falls. He named the falls after Queen Victoria, the queen of England at the time. After walking over the island, visitors alight on a beach and start swimming in the Zambezi River. (Check out the video above for details.) Many rocks and potentially dangerous spots make the journey important to take with someone who is experienced with the river's vicissitudes. There are always lots of underwater pools, eddies and holes that can affect water flow in any sizable river. To get into the Devil's Pool itself, one must jump off a rock into it, and the current pulls the intrepid swimmer towards the edge, where the Devil's Armchair awaits. According to some reports, about one person a year dies at or near Devil's pool, according to locals. The last was a tour guide attempting to rescue a tourist, but that was in 2009, so it may be less frequent than that. But to sit in a natural infinity pool atop the world's largest waterfall is one of those moments that to me, would definitely be worth the potential risks. How about you?