Ilala Lodge is a perfect base from which to explore the Victoria Falls. The hotel is classically elegant, set in beautiful grounds and is close to the Falls as well as the buzz of Victoria Falls Town. There are 56 rooms across the hotel.
Closest hotel to the Victoria Falls
Dine at the award winning la carte Palm Restaurant
Relax by the swimming pool
The hotel has a relaxing elegant colonial feel
Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side and offers a comfortable and charming base for your explorations here. The falls are within easy walking distance, as is the charming Victoria Falls town centre.
There are 56 rooms here, all ensuite and with influences of colonial style in their design. Each standard room has French doors which open onto a small patio which leads onto the gardens beyond, where animals such as warthog are often seen grazing. The two deluxe suites are located on the upper floor and are larger, ideal for honeymooners or families wishing to add an extra bed for a child into their room. The hotel has recently completed the construction of a new wing to enhance those rooms in the original building and give more options to visitors.
There are two restaurants to choose from here, the Palm Restaurant which serves a la carte dishes ranging from international to African cuisine, and Kubika which serves more unusual delicacies including kudu, crocodile and ostrich.
When water levels are high, guests can enjoy views of the spray that rises up from the torrent of water at the Falls, witnessing the "smoke that thunders" first hand.
There is a lovely swimming pool where guests can relax when they are not exploring the falls and the numerous activities which are offered in the area. The hotel has a desk who can assist with booking excursions from a helicopter flip over the falls to canoeing on the Zambezi river or a sunset boat cruise.
When to visit
Fall asleep listening to the falls in the distance.
It is hard to get closer to the falls than Ilala Lodge. The entrance gate opens off the bottom of the road which runs down through the town and over the bridge to Zambia. It is less than 10 minutes to walk from Ilala to the entrance of the Victoria Falls National Park
Dinner on the Livingstone Express
Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.
Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to witness one of the seven wonders of the natural world from the air. A flight over the falls gives a dramatic perspective of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
The Boma - Place of Eating
The Boma - Place of Eating is a restaurant that specialises in a selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is famous for its warthog fillet.
White-water rafting on the Zambezi
Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Zambezi River on the rapids below Victoria Falls. This stretch of water is home to the largest number of high volume Grade 5 rapids on the planet. An adrenaline fuelled experience in a dramatic setting.