If you want a comfortable lodge about as close to Victoria Falls as it’s possible to be, then look no further than Ilala.
What’s Ilala Lodge really like?
We’ve always found Ilala Lodge to be a safe bet for Extraordinary Africa guests. It’s close enough to the falls that you can see the spray, there are warthogs and baboons scampering over the lawns, and the food is consistently reliable. With 73 rooms, it’d be fair to say that this isn’t the most intimate option in town, but nevertheless, Ilala retains the feel of a friendly 4* hotel. All rooms are air-conditioned and with en suite shower rooms, and have a small seating area outside. Deluxe rooms are a little larger and (we think) more stylish than standard rooms. It’s worth knowing that most rooms have twin ¾ beds, but if you prefer a double bed, please let us know and we will request these for you. Suites are larger – standard suites have an extra bed, executive suites have an extra sitting room, and the Strathearn suite has its own kitchen. All suites have views towards the falls.
However, it’d be a shame if you made the long journey to Victoria Falls and spent all of your time in your room. Ilala has a lovely restaurant (dinner al fresco is a highlight for many guests), there is a pool for hot summer afternoons, and a cocktail bar for that most essential of African traditions- the sundowner.
What can I do at Ilala Lodge?
As the falls themselves are only around 10 minutes away from Ilala, a visit is normally at the top of most guests’ wishlists. Those with more time to spare might take a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi, try white-water rafting, or perhaps take a helicopter flight over the falls. It’s worth us mentioning that with a location this central, you should expect to hear the helis overhead while you’re at the lodge- if this isn’t for you and you don’t mind a bit of travelling, we can also recommend some out of town options.
Giving back at Ilala Lodge…
It’s rare to find an African lodge these days that doesn’t recognize the importance of protecting the environment and supporting the local community, and Ilala is no exception. Waste at Ilala is separated and recycled- this even includes the water- grey water is reused on the lodge gardens. Other projects vary according to need, but have included supporting anti-poaching and pangolin protection initiatives, donating linen to a local hospital and helping with fundraising for a nearby primary school.
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