Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Good(89%) From 96 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 96 of our travellers who have visited Ilala Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs D - Hemel
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Great views from our well appointed room. The situation of the Lodge meant that we could easily walk both into the town and to the Falls. Though we walked through the impressive Victoria Falls hotel, we would not have swopped!

News that this was our ruby wedding celebration had obviously been passed on (thank you Nick) and we were greeted with champagne and flowers in our room - both much appreciated.

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Mr and Mrs G from Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Ilala Lodge is a beautiful lodge set within walking distance of Victoria Falls. We were given what we believe must have been the best room at the lodge and for that we thank you very much, Claire and Nick! Any time not spent at The Falls, the town, on a cultural tour, on a river cruise or eating and/or drinking in the lodge's lovely dining room or bar was spent on our terrace. I cannot imagine a better way to start our trip. The staff was most helpful and the people who arranged our activities were knowledgeable and eager to chat with us about the various activities open to us. The best tour for us was the cultural tour. Our guide took us to the homestead of Crispen and we learned so much. It was a major highlight of our trip. We also visited the local school. The children are beautiful, polite, friendly, happy, beautifully groomed in crisp uniforms. It hurts that they have so few classrooms available to them and can only attend school for half days because of the number of children and lack of space.
Information on how to avoid the curio touts would be most helpful.

I would follow Nick's advice and wait to arrange any tours after arriving at the lodge. I had thought of doing it ahead of time but, as Nick suggested, there was no need.

The only complaint we have is that the dinners were not good at all. We did not eat our main course the first two nights because the beef on the first night had a strange, unappealing taste. The vegetarian curry dish the following night was too spicy to eat - and we usually enjoy food made with curry. Just too spicy hot to eat. At our first camp, the manager told us Ilala Lodge had recently lost its chef which seems the most likely cause for the poor food. But the breakfasts were outstanding!

Because it is pitch black at night and because there are so many men along the walkways trying to get us to buy things from them, we were too uncomfortable to leave the lodge at night to find a different spot to eat.

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Mrs K. from Fort Myers
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very nice hotel

This is a great place to stay because the Falls are in easy walking distance.

The rooms are nice with little patios on the lawn where you could sit and watch the little deer and warthogs. We also enjoyed sitting in the bar area near the pool and relaxing.

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The C family - West Sussex
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Lovely place and great location for Victoria Falls. Helpful staff and excellent food.

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Family S from Leeds
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

A lovely lodge to relax and finish our trip with. We didn't do the boat trips as we had spoken to someone who had been to Chobe the same time as us, and not as good as there (hardly any animals and far off), so we relaxed here instead. Having looked around the town, this did seem the best.

We walked to see the Falls and we did the helicopter flight (the shorter one -12min-Flight of Angels) - it was expensive but felt worth it, just to see the Falls, so close from above-amazing. We booked it from the lodge which seemed competitively priced and felt safer in that we were staying there. Although there were other activities to choose from, we chickened out of the zip-wire rides, having watched them and the Devil's pool was not possible as the water was too high. We had done so much throughout the trip though,so it was great to chill in such a lovely lodge.

The breakfasts were great as was the outside bar to chill beside the well maintained pool. The evening menu was not that adolescent-friendly, so we only ate here once (but was delicious). We didn't find a restaurant in Victoria Falls for evening eating to recommend for families.

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Family H - Namibia, Bots and Vic Falls trip
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

A very attractive lodge. Rooms are lovely.

Staff attentive and pleasant.

Food disappointing- think they were trying too hard and it didn't come off.

It's the nearest lodge to the Falls .

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K. from Austria
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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absolutely okay!

CanĀ“t imagine, there is a much better place to stay (and eat) in Vic Falls. The droning of the helicopters you have to accept i the entire area, especially if you are going on a flight yourself - what I highly recommend.

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Sir and Lady B. Kedington
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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ilala lodge review

The location (within easy walking distance of the Falls) and experience (good check in, tourism assistance, excellent breakfast) at Ilala suited us perfectly.

The lodge struck exactly the right note for us and we were very satisfied with it

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Mr & Mrs M - Arizona
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nice Lodge

The lodge is within a short walk to the Falls which is a plus for staying here. The grounds are beautiful.

There was no directory in the rooms. We wanted a light snack for room service and in order to do so had to walk to the restaurant to review the menu to order. Seemed to defeat the purpose of room service. Even then the menu posted in front of the restaurant was not current. They had to run back and get "the current version."

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Expert Africa comments

As with all of the feedback we receive from our travellers we forwarded these guest's thoughts on to Ilala Lodge who had the following response:

"Thank you for highlighting your concerns in the feedback on your recent stay at Ilala Lodge. The telephone directory is placed on the telephone itself and gives the number to dial for all enquiries. We do offer room service and if placed using the number provided the Restaurant would have delivered the order directly to the room. We will look into the menu being incorrect at the entrance of the Restaurant as this should be up to date - please accept our apologies for this inconvenience.

Once again thank you for your valued feedback and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday."

Mr & Mrs E from Stockport
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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ilala lodge review

lovely room and the staff were very good

food at breakfast and evening meals were excellent, though could be improved by warm plates when serving cooked breakfast and the coffee not so good if you went to eat later, shame as it's lovely when hot and fresher

location is very good, but it's marred by street sellers as soon as you leave the lodge area. we were harassed every time and did not explore the town or eat out as a result, and were warned it was not safe to do so after sunset. the tourist police are around but hardly effective. on our second day we were returning from our only shopping trip at elephant walk when I tripped and fell after being distracted by a seller's hands/products in front of my face, resulting in cuts, bruises and damaged glasses. we were very close to the lodge who were very concerned, offered medical help which I didn't need and a tourist police escort if we wanted to go out anywhere!

we then booked an extra tour to the crocodile farm which was very interesting, and later did the sunset cruise which gave us some good final game sightings

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