So if you reached this forum, it’s because you’re just like me. You can’t swim and/or you terrified when you’re in water but you still want to do Devil’s Pool because well it’s Devil’s Pool. I am here to dispel all myths and let you know that you can do it! I struggled to find any definite answer anywhere on if a non-swimmer can do it. So here is my post, No bs about the current is too strong, just straight up what I had to go through that day.
We arrived at the Livingstone Hotel and I immediately told them I can't swim should i do it? Registration person immediately tells me don't go you won't survive but does not stop me from going. So after taking a nice boat ride from the hotel to the edge of the "Reservoir" and changing into your swimwear, the guide leads you to your first obstacle, one of the edges of the falls. This is when you yell at the top of your lungs that you can’t swim. Why? Because swimmers will be going farther from the edge to avoid stepping on rocks but you will be going towards two set of ropes to walk into the water (caution, tons of rocks so you might fall into the stomach-deep water). Once you’ve completed that, congrats you will walk a decent distance to the actual Devil’s pool.
The pool in itself is about 3 meters deep, shaped like a crater and the water is running fairly strong. All you have to do is hang on a rock and you should be fine, you will feel little fishes nimbling at your feet and of course you won’t feel the seabed. The guide will motion one by one for you to join him at the actual falls (IT’S WORTH IT) so until then make sure you are holding onto a rock, (IT’S PRIME REAL ESTATE). When it is your turn, chances are you’ll have to spring yourself to the flat rocks where the guide is. Here for a split second you will not be holding onto anything (unless your wing span is 11 feet). So make sure that no one is obstructing you and you got a clear shot at grabbing onto the rock on the other side. Or someone holds you titanic-style. Pass that and congrats! You just passed the second obstacle. Now you get to enjoy the falls in its entirety while two guides shred through your memory on your camera taking pictures of everything. Once you’re done, you can either spring back to the first rock you were hanging on or slowly meander your way rock by rock. This latter method will require considerable side gripping so if you don’t feel confident, just push yourself to a good rock to hang on.
And then you walk back, walk past that pool of water using the ropes. You might get cocky and go really fast to which you’ll for sure fall into the water. Take some more pictures at the start of the Zambezi river and then enjoy a breakfast (go for the orange juice and eggs benny).
Good luck, stay strong my brethren of non-swimmers.
Full disclosure, we did it in November, I’m not sure about doing it in other months, the water levels are higher so a bit harder to do…I believe devil's pool is also unreachable in high season.