Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.
A mere 10 minute walk from Victoria Falls entrance, you’ll find Ilala Lodge, a friendly family-owned boutique hotel. It has everything that you might want from a stay in this quaint town, be it relaxing by the pool with a sundowner or enjoying one of the area’s many adrenalin-fuelled activities. Ilala Lodge is one of our favourites, offering great value for money in a peaceful setting.
The spray from the Falls can be seen from most areas of Ilala Lodge. You’ll be able to hear the distant roar of the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ and it becomes clear how the Falls got their local name.
The location is just part of the attraction. At Tribes we love Ilala Lodge for its friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. Despite having 56 rooms (and growing), it still maintains a personal feel, the staff make sure of it. There are various places to relax, be it the balcony of your room, the poolside bar or in the lovely landscaped gardens, you might even see the odd warthog tending to the lawns. The Palm Restaurant is well known in the town for offering a fine-dining experience in elegant surroundings. You can dine indoors or al-fresco by candlelight, under the African stars; it’s worth booking ahead.
The lodge also owns the Ra-Ikane river cruiser. You can (and should – it’s great!) book a sunset cruise any night, but the hotel gives you this free of charge if you stay 3 nights at Ilala.
Times to Go
Ilala Lodge is open all year round, and most activities are available all year too (a few are seasonal, so do check). Victoria Falls are in full flow around April/May so if you come then prepare to get a little bit wet, but it’s worth it to see this amazing natural wonder, and experience the power of the water cascading into the gorge below.
Ilala Lodge highlights
- Closest hotel to the Falls
- Easy access to town
- Beautiful tropical gardens
- Comfortable and friendly
- Fine dining
Ilala Lodge location
- 56 rooms & suites
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Swimming pool
- Poolside bar
- Babysitting service (extra)
- Laundry (extra)
(All activities are optional)
- Ra-Ikane river cruise
- Tour of Victoria Falls
- Flight of the Angels
- Bungee jump
- White water rafting
- Game drives
- Swim in Devil’s Pool (seasonal)
Ilala Lodge rooms
The 56 rooms are made up of Standard and Deluxe rooms and Standard and Executive suites.
These rooms are made up with either 2 x ¾ beds or 1 king size bed. The furnishings are made with teak railway sleepers, giving a hint of colonial elegance. Air conditioning is standard and together with an overhead fan will keep you cool on hot days. The en-suite bathroom has a separate shower. There is a safe, room fridge, satellite TV, tea & coffee maker and a hairdryer. Sliding doors open onto a private veranda and the stunning communal gardens which in turn look towards the Falls and the national park.
The deluxe rooms are all housed in the new West Wing and were a new addition in 2015. There are 12 doubles and 8 twins. They have all the features of the standard rooms but are larger, more modern and we think, rather chic. The bathrooms all have modern fittings including a walk-in shower. The private patio of each room is a great spot to enjoy a stunning Victoria Falls sunrise.
These 2 suites occupy the top floor and have private balconies that offer views over the hotel grounds to the Falls, a lovely place to enjoy a morning cup of tea as you watch the sun rise. The comfy king-size bed, adorned with a draped mozzie net is tucked around a corner of the room and should ensure a comfy and good night’s rest, while around the corner there is also a ¾ bed.
Ilala has 2 spacious Executive Suites in the new wing. Each has its own lounge area with TV, coffee machine and kettle. Sliding doors off the lounge lead to the private patio. The bedroom is also separated by a sliding door. A private patio can also be accessed via the bedroom, make the most of those stunning views.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.