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Ilala Lodge

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- Boutique Hotel
- Victoria Falls Town
- Lovely Pool Area
- High quality restaurant and service

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Ilala lodge is a boutique hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The nearest hotel to the Falls at only a 14 minute walk, Illala provides a luxury stay with excellent connections to all the local attractions.

The main guest areas have a colonial feel to them and include a gorgeous outdoor dining area, two restaurants, (whose fare includes crocodile and ostrich meat) and a very pleasant pool area with open air cocktail bar.

As well as the customary visit to the falls, a variety of activities are available thanks to the great surroundings, from wildlife viewing to extreme sports. Morning and evening game drives are a great way to see the best of the wildlife in the National Park and elephant rides and lion walks can also be organised. For those looking for more adrenaline, bungee jumping, gorge swings, zip lining and white water rafting may be more your thing as well as helicopter rides and river cruises for the more sedate evenings.

The accommodation is split into 54 rooms and 2 deluxe suites making this a mid-size hotel that has been cleverly designed to feel much more intimate. The rooms are split across two floors with the upstairs rooms opening onto private balconies and the downstairs rooms with double French doors leading onto the gardens. The rooms are all tastefully furnished with an African ambiance and big, comfortable beds. All the rooms have large ensuite bathrooms with bathtubs and showers. The suites are located on the top floor with private balconies overlooking the grounds. An extra twin bed can be included to make this a great choice for families. Teemed with great views and wandering wildlife, the accommodation here is expertly done.

Children of all ages are welcome at Ilala Lodge as it is not an accommodation option specifically geared up for safaris. The accommodation can comfortably house families in either the suites or brand new ‘deluxe’ wing.

We recommend this property to guests for its excellent location and homely feel, despite being a hotel rather than a lodge. Plenty of activities and good staff add to the experience and ensure a charming stay at Ilala Lodge.

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    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

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    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
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    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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