Reviews : Accommodation

Ilala Lodge

Location: Zimbabwe

Ilala Lodge is a luxury hotel situated moments from the epic Victoria Falls. The hotel is elegant, with an old-world feel and is set in beautiful gardens, close to the Falls as well as being just off the main street in Victoria Falls Town.


Ilala Lodge is a charming hotel that is located so close to the Victoria Falls, that you can occasionally feel the spray on your cheeks from the outside dining deck. The Victoria Falls National Park is just 8 minutes walk away.

The Lodge and area can be reached from Johannesburg International Airport, where you can catch a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Victoria Falls.

Service & Facilities

This much-loved family-run hotel offers 56 spacious and comfortable rooms and great facilities. The outdoors is the highlight of this hotel. The beautiful and well-maintained grounds, where wildlife can freely come and go; Warthogs and Mongoose are often found on the lawns and are framed by the distant mist from the Falls. This mist creates magical rainbows in the sunlight, and the comforting roar of the Falls is a constant in the background.

The pool is lovely and the alfresco restaurant takes advantage of the views. A special mention also goes out to the staff here who bend over backwards to make your stay special.


All Ilala Lodge rooms have en-suite bathroom with separate shower, air-conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV and have individual coffee and tea facilities. The highlight of these rooms is the fact that they open up to the glorious lawns or their own private balcony areas where you can sit with a glass of wine and enjoy a view of the spray, and from the upper rooms, the Falls themselves.

Food & Drink

The award-winning Palm Restaurant is famous for its gourmet cuisine and is the main eaterie at Ilala Lodge Hotel and is one of the finest restaurants in Victoria Falls with a delicious á la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast is really good with incredible pastries.

In the evenings, the superb and friendly staff serve up specialities including Crocodile Frikadelle, the Blesbok Shank and for dessert, the scrumptious Chocolate Delice accompanied by South Africa’s finest wines. Dine al-fresco under the starry African skies while listening to the roar of the Falls.

The poolside bar is ideal for a daytime snack, cool beer or relaxing cocktail, while the cosy indoor bar is a great place for a pre dinner drink.


Try game viewing in the Victoria Falls National Park along with guided fishing trips, cultural village walks and sunset river cruises. You can also take a helicopter flight over the falls, go white water rafting or on an elephant back safari. Whatever you prefer, an adventure in these wonderful and wild lands awaits.

Ilala Lodge Hotel

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