Tour Guide Dies As He Saves Tourist At The Devil Swim


(September 2009)

‘Tourist gambling with death on the edge of the Victoria Falls’

‘Tourist gambling with death on the edge of the Victoria Falls’

A BRAVE Zimbabwean tour guide is presumed dead after plunging 90m into the Victoria Falls while trying to rescue a tourist, police said.

The unnamed man was working for South African tour company, Sunway Safaris, reports said on Sunday.

The man was accompanying several western tourists on the Zambian side of the world’s largest waterfall. Here, tourists swim dangerously close to the tipping point of the falls, only prevented from falling by a slippery, submerged lip of rock.

Only the brave attempt a swim in the aptly named Devil’s Pool – and tour guides are tasked with ensuring their safety.

It was in fulfilling this duty that the tragic tour guide dived into the water to rescue a stranded tourists last Wednesday.

A witness told the Sunday Mail: “The tour guide quickly grabbed the tourist’s hand and successfully pulled him back into the pool but in the process, he slipped and fell into the gorge down below.”

Horrified tourists on either side of the falls witnessed the incident.Chief Inspector Chisoni, in charge of the Victoria Falls Police Station (Zambia), said the tour guide is believed to have driven the tourists from South Africa.

***Since this report – findings have confirmed that it did not occur at Devils Pool, it actually occurred away from the area and by an unofficial operator***

Updated report
Livingstone Island tours run by Tongabezi Safaris operate the official Devil's Pool trip where clients are taken by boat to Livingstone Island from the Zambian side of the river. Here, water levels allowing, tourists are able to safely swim in the Devil's Pool, under the close supervision of trained guides. The trip is hugely popular, and no-one has ever been swept over the Falls on these tours - in fact no-one is known to have ever died at the Devil's Pool.

Before Tongabezi launched their Livingstone Island tours many tourists would undertake 'unofficial' (and illegal) trips along the crest-line of the Falls, which at low water are bare for much of the length and gives access to the various dive and swim pools along the lip. In 2009 a guide sadly died saving a tourist - however this accident did not happen at the Devil's Pool as is often claimed in online news reports. The client slipped while leaping across a small water channel on the edge of the Falls and the guide saved him, and unfortunately in the process slipped into the water and was swept over the edge.

Which is why official tours are operated to professional standards with rigerous safety procedures. Watch a great video (without downloading malware or seeing anyone die) of an official Devil's Pool tour here - and you'll realise why it is so popular!
For more information visit this page on The Devils Swim

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Aug 26, 2013
DEATH IN THE ANGEL'S ARMCHAIR (MOSI OA TUNYA)
by: PABLOREMOS

I lost a dear family friend in August 2011 atop the great falls, in the Angel's Armchair (a similar spot to the Devil's Pool. We had a local guide who offered to take us to the secluded pool at the edsge of the falls. It was a fateful trek across the edge of the Zambezi. Three of us went hand in hand and only two of us returned. Our Zemba dived into the pool from a cliff above the pool, copyin gthe guide who showed us what we could do if we so wished. I chose not to. I filmed Zemba as he elected to live in the moment... Heartbreaking.

http://zemba.mubita.muchloved.com/

Oct 07, 2013
Crazy Pool
by: Anonymous

Who on Earth would go to swim at devils pool.

Oct 20, 2013
Brave man
by: Anonymous

He is very brave guide.

Mar 14, 2014
Tragic
by: Anonymous

So devastatingly sad. Ending his life to save another's. Now that is a real hero.

Jun 18, 2014
INACCURATE
by: Anonymous

This did NOT happen at the Devil's Pool. It ahppend elsewhere on the Falls while the group was hiking along. The tourist slipped and fell, causing the incident.

Jun 23, 2014
check your facts
by: Anonymous

it hapens when illegal guides accompany people walking onthe edge of the falls during the dry months October /november. one tourist slipped and lost his life/ guide must have ran away as nowhere to be seen? this is the story of some people irresponsible same as those saying stories they have no idea and damage our zambia.

Sep 22, 2014
Sad:(
by: Anonymous

This is really depressing that guide is really a hero that he save that tourist. i am going to zimbabwe in a couple of months and going to victoria falls devils pool and im hoping that doesnt happen to me!

Sep 27, 2014
Devils swim incident
by: Tony

As stated in previous posts this incident did not happen on the Livingstone Island tour/Devils swim operated by Tongabezi. These people hired a local guide who walked them along the face of the Falls. We strong advise not to do this. If you go with Tongabezi they are a very professional outfit with high safety standards.

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