20 Places You Should Never Ever Swim


Victoria Falls, Zambia

It is often described as the ultimate infinity pool. It’s a perilous place, for sure, yet still thrill-seekers take their lives in their hands and head here, to bathe atop the largest waterfall on Earth.

Located close to the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight, the powerful Zambeze River plunging 100 metres down onto the rocks below, its currents strong and the drop great. Some 500 million litres of water cascade over the falls every minute. Yet it’s possible to get right to the edge, at Devil’s Pool, where a rock lip prevents adventurers from being swept away — in theory, at least.

The falls are twice the height of Niagara and although guides are on hand to reduce the risks, there’s no question that this is a hazardous pursuit. The fact that crocodiles and hippos are often found in the wild waters here just adds to the danger.