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Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls

  • Ilala Lodge terrace
  • Ilala Lodge buffet
  • Stone art by Shadu Chatsama at Ilala Lodge
  • sunrise through the spray from Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge

Fast Facts


  • Privately-owned boutique hotel
  • located in town centre
  • Closest to the falls
  • Comfortable and convenient

Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls

This intimate hotel is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Ideal to experience all the adventures the Falls and beyond have to offer.

Ilala Lodge is an owner-run boutique hotel near Victoria Falls, offering great value accommodation in warm and elegant surroundings. The décor is classic and understated and evokes an era of early African adventure.

You'll be able to view wildlife from the comfort of your room as wild animal from the adjacant National Park graze on the hotel lawns. But what makes this lodge even more unique is its proximity to the Victoria Falls. It is situated so close to the Falls, you can almost feel the spray on your face when you take a walk in the gardens of the lodge.

Ilala's prime location also gives you the opportunity to take full advantage of all the activities on offer in the area, and walk to the shops and markets in Victoria Falls town.  There's a vast variety of action-packed adventures for adrenaline junkies: from aircraft flips across the Falls to white river rafting and kayaking on the Zambezi River and bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge. For the more relaxed adventurer, there are fishing trips and elephant encounters.

The Lodge has two restaurants: the classic Palm Restaurant with an a la carte menu and the Kubika Restaurant offering Mongolian stirfries with ostrich or crocodile meat. Diners can see the spray of the falls and listen to the majestic roar of 'the smoke that thunders' from both restaurants. The pool bar serves ice-cold drinks and a variety of cocktails.

 

Get in touch with us

UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Enquiries and bookings

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  • All the facts
  • What and Where

    Ilala Lodge Hotel is situated on the Zimbabwean side of the falls and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls as well as the Victoria Falls town centre.

    Ilala Lodge has a sparkling swimming pool and bar, small conference facilities, Wi-Fi as well as on-site parking. The lodge also offers a variety of services such as same-day laundry, an in-house tour operator, 24-hour security, fax/photocopying services, porter services as well as a Safari Salon.

    Highlights

    The Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge has received the award of Restaurant of the Year for 2011 in Zimbabwe for the deluxe category - a great achievement. The restaurant was awarded the honour at the ZOAP (Zimbabweon a Plate) Awards held in Harare. A la carte menu available.

    Accommodation options

    Ilala Lodge offers 26 standard, 8 deluxe, 2 standard suites and 2 executive suites. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either the open lawn or balcony with views of the spray of the Falls. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas; room service, laundry, baby sitters available on request, children only may share with parents in a standard suite.

    Standard rooms:

    • En suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
    • 26 rooms with 2 by 3/4 beds; 6 rooms with 1 x king size bed
    • satellite television, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioner
    • Tea and coffee making facilities, safe

    Deluxe rooms

    • En suite bathrooms with shower only
    • 8 rooms with 2 by 3/4 beds and 12 rooms with king size beds
    • satellite television, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioner
    • Tea & coffee making facilities, coffee machine, hair dryer, minibar fridge, safe

    Standard suites 

    • En suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
    • 2 standard suites, 1 x king size bed and 1 x 3/4 bed in each suite
    • satellite television, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioner
    • Tea & coffee making facilities, coffee machine, hair dryer, minibar fridge, safe

    Executive suites

    • Ensuite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
    • 2 executive suites with king size beds
    • separate lounge area
    • satellite television, hair dryer, celing fan, air conditioner
    • Tea and coffee making facilities, coffee machine, hair dryer, minibar fridge, safe
  • Choices
  • Ra-Ikane Cruises

    The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat with a magnificent decor that suggests, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. This cruise boat is exclusive and designed to compliment your stay at Ilala Lodge.

    Jetty dinner/standard sunset cruise US$100.00 - includes local drinks and wines, snacks and transfers, river usage fees. Jetty dinner includes a buffet barbeque three course meal, transfers, parks fees, entertainment and a cash bar.

    Jetty dinner US$55.00 - includes a buffet barbeque three course meal, transfers, parks fees, entertainment and a cash bar

    Sunset cruise US$55.00 - includes local drinks and wines, snacks and transfers, river usage fee.

    Cruise options: Breakfast option US$70pp, lunch option US$70pp, birdwatching cruise US$55pp

    Crocodile Farm Tour US$20.00pp - includes transfers and entrance fee to the Crocodile Farm. Visit the crocodile and hear about the life of these reptiles from eggs to full adult crocodiles. The eggs hatch in about Dec to Jan, so if you're here in those months, ask to see them. Feeding time is 10.15am to 10.30am and from 3.45pm to 4pm daily. The nature sanctuary has numerous animals including liions, leopards and ostrich. 

    2018 specials

    Low season 2 night special - valid 1st January to 31st March 2017 and 1st Nov to 20th December 2018

    Book 2 nights on a bed/breakfast basis any room type, if you include a Ra-Ikane sunset cruise in your package, you'll receive a value add of 1 x 3 course dinner per person at the The Palm Restaurant (excludes drinks). 

    Worth US$55 per person

    3 night value adds - valid 1st January 2017 to 20th December 2018

    Minimum 3 night stay per person sharing; get value add of 1 x 3 course dinner Palm Restaurant (excludes drinks), and 1 x sunset cruise on the Ra-Ikane. This special applies to all room types. 

    Worth US$95 per person

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

What and Where

Ilala Lodge Hotel is situated on the Zimbabwean side of the falls and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls as well as the Victoria Falls town centre.

Ilala Lodge has a sparkling swimming pool and bar, small conference facilities, Wi-Fi as well as on-site parking. The lodge also offers a variety of services such as same-day laundry, an in-house tour operator, 24-hour security, fax/photocopying services, porter services as well as a Safari Salon.

Highlights

The Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge has received the award of Restaurant of the Year for 2011 in Zimbabwe for the deluxe category - a great achievement. The restaurant was awarded the honour at the ZOAP (Zimbabweon a Plate) Awards held in Harare. A la carte menu available.

Accommodation options

Ilala Lodge offers 26 standard, 8 deluxe, 2 standard suites and 2 executive suites. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either the open lawn or balcony with views of the spray of the Falls. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas; room service, laundry, baby sitters available on request, children only may share with parents in a standard suite.

Standard rooms:

  • En suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
  • 26 rooms with 2 by 3/4 beds; 6 rooms with 1 x king size bed
  • satellite television, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioner
  • Tea and coffee making facilities, safe

Deluxe rooms

  • En suite bathrooms with shower only
  • 8 rooms with 2 by 3/4 beds and 12 rooms with king size beds
  • satellite television, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioner
  • Tea & coffee making facilities, coffee machine, hair dryer, minibar fridge, safe

Standard suites 

  • En suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
  • 2 standard suites, 1 x king size bed and 1 x 3/4 bed in each suite
  • satellite television, hair dryer, ceiling fan, air conditioner
  • Tea & coffee making facilities, coffee machine, hair dryer, minibar fridge, safe

Executive suites

  • Ensuite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
  • 2 executive suites with king size beds
  • separate lounge area
  • satellite television, hair dryer, celing fan, air conditioner
  • Tea and coffee making facilities, coffee machine, hair dryer, minibar fridge, safe

Ra-Ikane Cruises

The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat with a magnificent decor that suggests, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. This cruise boat is exclusive and designed to compliment your stay at Ilala Lodge.

Jetty dinner/standard sunset cruise US$100.00 - includes local drinks and wines, snacks and transfers, river usage fees. Jetty dinner includes a buffet barbeque three course meal, transfers, parks fees, entertainment and a cash bar.

Jetty dinner US$55.00 - includes a buffet barbeque three course meal, transfers, parks fees, entertainment and a cash bar

Sunset cruise US$55.00 - includes local drinks and wines, snacks and transfers, river usage fee.

Cruise options: Breakfast option US$70pp, lunch option US$70pp, birdwatching cruise US$55pp

Crocodile Farm Tour US$20.00pp - includes transfers and entrance fee to the Crocodile Farm. Visit the crocodile and hear about the life of these reptiles from eggs to full adult crocodiles. The eggs hatch in about Dec to Jan, so if you're here in those months, ask to see them. Feeding time is 10.15am to 10.30am and from 3.45pm to 4pm daily. The nature sanctuary has numerous animals including liions, leopards and ostrich. 

2018 specials

Low season 2 night special - valid 1st January to 31st March 2017 and 1st Nov to 20th December 2018

Book 2 nights on a bed/breakfast basis any room type, if you include a Ra-Ikane sunset cruise in your package, you'll receive a value add of 1 x 3 course dinner per person at the The Palm Restaurant (excludes drinks). 

Worth US$55 per person

3 night value adds - valid 1st January 2017 to 20th December 2018

Minimum 3 night stay per person sharing; get value add of 1 x 3 course dinner Palm Restaurant (excludes drinks), and 1 x sunset cruise on the Ra-Ikane. This special applies to all room types. 

Worth US$95 per person

...take a safari from Ilala Lodge

...things to do from Ilala Lodge

aerial over the Devil's Cataract

Helicopter rides

Get a bird’s-eye view of Victoria Falls with a short helicopter flip or spot wildlife from the sky with a full game flight over the Batoka Gorge.

One day horse trail above Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe

Vic Falls Horse Trails

Explore hidden game paths, ride onto secret islands, follow game trails on horseback in the wilderness around Victoria Falls

Malaya serving drinks on Ra-Ikane

River Cruises

Few places offer the dramatic sunsets that you'll find on the Zambezi River with plumes of spray and wildlife completing the scene