Ilala Lodge

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

  • Within walking distance of Victoria Falls
  • Private balcony or terrace with Falls views
  • Fine dining at The Palm Restaurant
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Go on safari in the national park

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, hairdryer 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 onto 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 Rating for Zimbabwe 5/5 from 3 reviews

A great hotel about as close to the Falls as you can get but it is still a walk. Food was excellent and the tourist site booking service first class - we were up in a helicopter 45 minutes after enquiring! The room was extremely comfortable with all the facilities you need including tea making but bring your own tea bags for a decent cup. A lovely relaxing place to end a wonderful safari.

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