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Ilala Lodge

North West Zimbabwe

Rating: Mid-range    

Ilala Lodge overview

Ilala Lodge Hotel is an attractive property with 56 rooms and suites and is within easy walking distance of the world-famous Victoria Falls, so you can stroll down to the Falls before breakfast if you wish. 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 in Victoria Falls.

The lodge is an elegant, low-rise building with rooms spread over two buildings. Rooms on the ground floor in the original building have double glass doors opening onto the gardens, while the upper floor rooms have private balconies. Rooms in the newer deluxe wing tend to be larger. 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. Every room and suite has a private terrace from which you can see the spray rising from the Falls.  

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 on the lodge's boat, Ra-Ikane. 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, about a 20 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 26 standard twin rooms, 6 standard doubles, 2 standard suites, 12 double deluxe rooms, 8 twin deluxe rooms and 2 executive suites. Standard rooms are arranged over 2 floors with garden rooms below and pool rooms above. The standard suites are on the top floor, built into the eves, and can sleep up to 3 people. Deluxe rooms and executive suites are in a separate wing. All offer roomy accommodation with en-suite bathrooms with a good supply of toiletries. Most have a walk-in shower, though a few have a bath, and executive suites have both a bath and shower. Executive suites also have a separate lounge. 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.
There are plans to expand the deluxe wing, adding an additional 17 rooms. This work is scheduled for completion in May 2018.

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 and trips on the Zambezi River the lodge's cruise boat Ra-Ikane, with breakfast, lunch and sunset cruises available. Other activities that can be booked are canoe rides, game drives and walks in the national park, elephant rides, 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 can be arranged. Cultural activities include trips to Victoria Falls town and to local villages and markets.

Facilities: The Palm Restaurant offers fine dining with buffet breakfasts and a la carte service for lunch and dinner. There's an outdoor dining area, with views of the falls. The bar serves a wide range of drinks. The reception area leads through to the Totoba Lounge and to a central courtyard. There’s a lovely outdoor swimming pool, and a mini spa where you can relax with a massage. The hotel is set in attractive gardens which back on to the national park and you can expect to see warthogs, bushbuck and hippos grazing on the lawn.

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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client reviews

Ken Andrews (21/06/2018)

"Lovely lodge, with a view of the spray, and sound of Victoria Falls. Closest lodge to the Falls - only a ten minute walk. Try the braised kudu steak - delicious."

Mr. Michael O'Connor (15/01/2018)
"ok rooms. Service was poor , both in the restaurant and bars, so after a poor service experience (food was good though and good breakfasts) We ate out of the hotel on the other 2 nights. Location good, would need to think about staying there if we ever were in Victoria falls again"
Mr Stephen Miley (04/11/2017)
"Nice hotel, good location, easy to walk to the falls and to the bridge. excellent restaurant. "
Ms. Julie Allard (08/10/2017)
"V good food and lovely terrace for dining. Good quality hotel with good facilities Zambezi sunset cruise was excellent - Ra Ikane boats belonging to Ilala Lodge hotel."
Mr. Campion
"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."

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