Ilala Lodge Hotel is an attractive property with 56 rooms and suites, and is within easy walking distance of the world-famous Victoria Falls. There is plenty of space, both indoors and out, where you can relax and enjoy the company of other guests. All of this makes Ilala Lodge a popular choice of accommodation at Victoria Falls.
The lodge is an elegant, low-rise building with rooms spread over two buildings. Roooms on the ground floor have double glass doors opening onto the gardens, while the upper floor rooms have private balconies. All provide spacious accommodation with furniture made from reclaimed wooden railway sleepers and textiles in soothing pastels and creams. All rooms are en-suite and are supplied with a range of toiletries.
The Palm Restaurant serves fine a la carte cuisine which you can enjoy indoors or out in the gardens. Dining al fresco you'll be able to hear the thundering waterfall, not something you experience every day! In the grounds there's an inviting swimming pool, complete with a bar offering drinks and snacks, an ideal place to while away the time between activities.
The lodge is ideally placed for visiting Victoria Falls, enjoying game viewing in the national park and taking daytime and sunset cruises on the Zambezi. The town of Victoria Falls is nearby and here you can visit markets and observe day-to-day life.
Open: Ilala Lodge Hotel is open all year.
Location: Ilala Lodge Hotel is on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River. It’s the closest hotel the falls on this side of the river, just a 7 minute walk away. It is also within easy reach of Victoria Falls town and is adjacent to Victoria Falls national Park. The airport at Victoria Falls is 25kms away.
Rooms: There are 56 rooms in total. These are made up of 30 standard twin rooms, 2 standard doubles, 2 standard suites, 12 double deluxe rooms, 8 twin deluxe rooms and 2 deluxe suites. They offer roomy accommodation with en-suite bathrooms with a shower or bath and shower and a good supply of toiletries. Amenities include air conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV, tea and coffee maker, bottled water, hair dryer and safe. Rooms have terraces or balconies for secluded downtime. The suites have 4-poster beds and a lounge.
Activities: The hotel has an activities desk where you can book and pay for your choice of the options on offer. These include guided tours of Victoria Falls, boat cruises on the Zambezi River, canoe rides, game drives and walks in the national park, elephant rides, walks with rehabilitated lions, horse riding, fishing and scenic helicopter and microlight flights over the falls. Adrenalin activities such as bungee jumping, gorge swinging, zip lining and white water rafting are also available. Cultural activities include trips to Victoria Falls town and to local villages and markets.
Facilities: The Palm Restaurant is the main restaurant on site and offers fine a la carte cuisine. A second restaurant, Kubika, offers more unusual options including crocodile, kudu and ostrich. The bar serves a wide range of drinks. There’s a lovely outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is set in attractive gardens which back on to the national park and you’ll see warthogs, bushbuck and hippos grazing on the lawn. Massages can be arranged.
Dining: Meals are served at individual tables, in the venue of your choice.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
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"The Ilala lodge is a superb hotel, with all the facilities to be expected. Staff were cheerful and helpful, the food excellent. Although advertised as being convenient for the Victoria Falls I would recommend taking an organised guided tour for the extra information and insight that this provides."