We stayed at the Ilala Lodge during part of our honeymoon at Victoria Falls. This hotel was beautiful and was within walking distance of the majestic Victoria Falls. We could see the mist from the falls and hear the distant thunder of the water from our balcony. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, and the staff went out of their way to add personal touches and handwritten notes congratulating us on our marriage. We also want to thank the bartender, Lucky, for his great service during our stay. The hotel restaurant features a great young chef, Camilla Howes, who we read about in "Skyhost", Zimbabwe Air's magazine, on our plane trip up from Jo'burg. The dinners at the hotel restaurant are great, but make sure to make a reservation. There are some nights when small tour groups come from other hotels to dine at Ilala, so there can be limited seating available some nights. There is seating both in the main dining room or out on the beautiful patio surrounded by meticulously maintained gardens and lush greenery. The area around the hotel is safe, and there is also a security guard present at the front entrance. There are also a few banks, a post office, and the Air Zimbabwe office located within a few hundred feet from the front of the hotel. The greatest surprise was that we saw 2 wild elephants, 4 warthogs, and a couple of baboons in along the paths on our short walk from the hotel to the falls. The hotel rooms include a hairdryer (no converter needed) . I also LOVED the effective citrus-scented mosquito repellent cream the hotel provided in the bathroom amenities. Some of the daily activities we enjoyed included a sunset steam train ride ( train station is a couple of blocks from the hotel-includes snacks & champagne at sunset on the Victoria Falls bridge); a Zambezi river dinner cruise, an elephant ride, and an AMAZING half day river safari at Chobe National Park in Botswana (driver comes to get you and transports you back to the hotel-make sure you GET A MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA AT THE AIRPORT IN ZIMBABWE if you plan to go back and forth across the border-Botswana did not charge us to go to Chobe Nat'l Park for a day trip, but Zimbabwe may charge you for another Visa to come back-totally worth it though to see all the game). Another tip is to be aware that the helicopter tours above Victoria Falls have become very popular, so there is the frequent hum of helicopters at the Ilala Lodge that can sometimes start around 9 in the morning. Not a big deal for tour groups which usually get an early start, but can be an annoying wake up call for honeymooners like us or those that like to sleep in a little later or take afternoon naps. The hotel is very close to the curio markets and downtown Victoria Falls. If you have time, walk to the two big grocery stores to look around-one is called TM and the other is the Spar. Great fun looking at the local produce, bakery items, and prepared foods.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilala Lodge is ideally located only minutes away from the spectacular Victoria Falls. A family run hotel, Ilala Lodge has 56 stylish, well-equipped rooms, providing the ultimate in comfort. The top-rated Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge offers delicious al-fresco dining under the starry African skies, whilst listening to the roar of the falls. The staff are attentive and friendly, and ensure your bucket list trip is perfect for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilala Hotel Victoria Falls