It is sinister. The black basalt walls tower above you in an intimidating fashion and the roar of the Falls is magnified by the surrounding rock. The explorer Major A de Serpa Pinto described the Boiling Pot as...
"that enormous gulf, black as is the basalt which forms it, dark and dense as the cloud which enwraps it, would have been chosen, if known in biblical times, as an image of the infernal regions, a hell of water and darkness, more terrible perhaps than the hell of fire and light".
Palm Grove is on the Zambian side of the Falls alongside Second Gorge. The pathway through the grove takes one down to the water's edge below the Boiling Pot.
Be warned: it is a steep climb back out. The cliff face above Palm Grove is host to a small stand of very rare deciduous trees, the propeller tree (Gyrocarpus americanus), which has rounded leaves and winged red-brown fruit.
Stone tools for fish traps
Among the stone tools found in the vicinity of Victoria Falls on the Zambian bank are examples of "crescent adze blades", a type of tool found nowhere else but in the Zambezi Valley.
These thick, stone tools with a cutting edge, which date back 15 000 years, have been found near Palm Grove. It appears they were used in the construction of reed fishing traps and baskets.
Brett Hilton-Barber and Lee R. Berger. Copyright © 2010 Prime Origins.