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Ilala Lodge

Victoria Falls

Rating: Mid-range    

Ilala Lodge overview

Ilala Lodge Hotel is an attractive property with 72 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 Strathearn suite, named after the hotel's founder, provides spacious accommodation comprising a bedroom, large en-suite bathroom, lounge, kitchen and balcony with a hot tub. 

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 73 rooms in total. These are made up of 25 standard twin rooms, 7 standard doubles, 2 standard suites, 23 double deluxe rooms, 13 twin deluxe rooms, 2 executive suites and the Strathearn suite. Standard rooms are arranged over 2 floors with garden rooms below and pool rooms above. Twin rooms have 2 three-quarter beds and doubles have a king-size bed. The standard suites are on the top floor, built into the eves, with a king-size bed and a three-quarter bed and can sleep up to 3 people. Deluxe rooms (twins and doubles) and executive rooms are in the separate west 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. Each executive room has a king-size 4-poster bed, a lounge, bathroom with bath, shower and twin hand basins and a private patio. General room 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 Strathearn suite has a bedroom, en-suite bathroom with shower, bath and twin hand basins, a lounge, kitchen and balcony with a jacuzzi. 

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.

Special Offer

Special Offer


Book 3 nights stay per person

and guests will receive 1 x dinner (excluding drinks) and 1 x sunset cruise per person


Valid only on the following dates:

1 Apr – 20 Dec 2019

1 Jan – 31 Mar 2020

1 Nov – 20 Dec 2020


Book 3 nights stay per person

and guests will receive 1 x dinner (excluding drinks) and 1 x breakfast cruise per person


Valid only on the following dates:

1 Apr – 31 Oct 2020

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customer rating

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client reviews

Ms Wendy Avis (16/04/2019)

"Beautiful lodge, lovely restaurant and pool area. Rooms had their own patio. Staff were super helpful, and we booked our excursions through the front desk."

Mrs Janet Van Den Berge
"Excellent facilities in the rooms, which were comfortable and spacious. A lovely swimming pool and attractive grounds, also visited by warthogs (just passing through, not in any way a nuisance - the swimming pool was at a higher level). Interesting prints on the walls everywhere and beautiful flower arrangements. A good restaurant and an easy walk to the shops and to the Falls - $30 admission charge to the Falls."
Rob and Julie Smith. (07/05/2019)
"A lovely well kept and decorated hotel. Exceptionally clean with all fixture and fittings to a high standard. The complementary drinks in the mini bar and the tea and coffee were most welcome. The breakfast selection and quality was superb in a beautiful setting. Unfortunately the dinner menu was not to our taste. The lodge location was perfect for the falls and for the town. We would definitely stay here again."
Ms. Christine Chapman
"We thought the Zimbabwe people were great and this hotel has lovely furnishings and the view of the smoke that thunders is fantastic. Being so close to,the Falls meant we could walk there ourselves at 6am to catch the sight at sunrise. It was the highlight of our entire trip. Helicopter trip was great and the Zambezi river cruise"
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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