Situated within walking distance of Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge radiates an elegance from a bygone age, but with all modern conveniences.
There are lots of peaceful areas where you can sit and relax after exploring the area, including a wide veranda that wraps around the front of the hotel, providing a shady area looking out across the pretty garden toward the falls. Here, you can listen to the sound of cascading water and look out for wildlife, with the lodge's position on the border of the Victoria Falls National Park meaning that animals such as impala and warthog often wander happily through the grounds, grazing on the lawns.
There's also a pool with a thatched bar where you can cool off in the heat of the day, and a restaurant offering peaceful views across the grounds.
Ilala is a peaceful, comfortable lodge and an ideal place to stay while visiting the falls.
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The rooms are spread across two floors. All en suite, they each have patio doors leading to either a balcony or terrace. Clean and airy, with crisp linen, dark woods and neutral colours, the rooms are very comfortable. Facilities in each room include air conditioning, overhead fans, a satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities, and big bathrooms with rain showers.
Ilala Lodge enjoys a secluded and peaceful location, close to the centre of Victoria Falls town. It's the nearest hotel to the falls on the Zimbabwe side, and from the gardens you can see the spray and hear the roar of the water.
Food and drink
Enjoy a meal at The Palm Restaurant during your stay. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a comprehensive wine list and cocktails. Food is freshly prepared and of a high quality; evident in the fact that the restaurant is a popular eating spot for guests staying elsewhere in town. As the hotel is a short walk from some of the town's other restaurants, eating out elsewhere is also an easy option. However, dining outside under the African night sky, amidst the sound of the crashing falls, makes for a romantic evening to be remembered.
Rooms located on the first floor of Ilala Lodge have balcony balustrades that could present a hazard to young children; therefore, families will be accommodated in ground floor rooms.
Facilities and activities
During your stay, take a trip on the lodge's cruise boat, Ra-Ikane. Its decor reflects a bygone era of adventure and discovery in Africa. Paying tribute to Ra-Ikane, who was one of the guides who first led David Livingstone to the Victoria Falls, the cruise boat is for the exclusive use of visitors to the lodge. Keep your camera handy, as game can often be spotted from the water.
The lodge has a swimming pool and offers a number of relaxing spa treatments. Wi-Fi access is also available.
Tour ideas in Victoria Falls
Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Ilala Lodge as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.
Botswana and ZimbabweView this tour
Victoria Falls, Luangwa & Lower Zambezi safariZimbabwe and ZambiaView this tour
Wildlife & water: Hwange & Victoria Falls safariZimbabweView this tour
Classic Zimbabwe explorerZimbabweView this tour
Location & places nearby
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Victoria Falls and nearby places
- The Zambezi Riverfront 26 miles away
- Hwange National Park 108 miles away
- Lake Kariba 149 miles away
- Matusadona National Park 197 miles away
- Bulawayo 237 miles away
- Matobo National Park 249 miles away
- Mana Pools National Park 276 miles away
- Harare 343 miles away
- Great Zimbabwe 371 miles away
- Gonarezhou National Park 464 miles away