Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Good(89%) From 96 travellers
Excellent
52
Good
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Average
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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 W - Nova Scotia
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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ilala lodge

The ilala lodge was a comfortable place to stay and close to Victoria Falls. Being in a town, there were banking facilities, which was convenient to get local currency for the days ahead.

The restaurant served very good food and the rooms were very clean and looked over an area where elephants would wander. The Falls were a bit too far to walk, so a taxi is recommended. While there, we booked a ride on an elephant which was so exciting and received a paper with the elephant's footprint which we will frame. The staff at the lodge were friendly and helpful.

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hamfam@comcast.net
Arrived on: 3-May-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

The accommodations were very comfortable and the staff was helpful and friendly. Food was delicious with good variety and the pool, patio, bar area was both relaxing and very attractive. We appreciated that there were menu options throughout the day and evening as our family of 6 was coming from several different time zones. In addition to seeing Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge was a great spot for us to rendezvous, regroup from travel, and get some rest before beginning our safari.

The on site office personnel were knowledgeable and helpful with regards to making reservations for attractions. We thought the elephant trail ride might be super touristy but were very pleased with the experience. The young trainer who rode with us cared deeply about his elephant and really wanted to share information with us. It was a delightful experience and a yummy breakfast.

The helicopter ride was thrilling and offered a wonderful perspective of the falls from the air. The 12 minute ride was sufficient to see the sites.

The sunset cruise on Ra Ikane was lovely. We were entertained by frolicking hippos. The drinks were delicious and plentiful. The food that was served was lacking.

The walk all around the falls was spectacular! We were in awe of the stunning beauty and power of the falls and so vey glad we decided to visit Victoria Falls.

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Mr and Mrs S. from Hampshire
Arrived on: 14-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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superb centrally located lodge

Very friendly, centrally located, lovely room.

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Mrs S. from Denver
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

The Lodge was very clean and quite comfortable. The staff were personable and ready to help or answer questions. We enjoyed dinner our evening there, and the food and service were good. Transportation to the Lodge and to the airport arrived as we had been told.

Being able to walk to the Falls was a plus for us.

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The A family from Florida
Arrived on: 2-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Vic Falls - lovely property, very comfortable

The lodge is very comfortable, well kept, and the grounds are beautiful. The outside seating area and yard are very nice and scenic for enjoying breakfast (which was very good), dinner, or just a drink by the pool (vey nice). The service was friendly and helpful.

You can see Victoria Falls from the backyard. We saw elephants walking through the trees. We saw baboons very close, in the backyard out of our patio doors in the room.

We took a short bus ride to see Victoria Falls. The Ilala is walking distance to the Victoria Falls hotel.

We would certainly recommend the Ilala and stay there again.

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Mr C & Mrs H - Vancouver
Arrived on: 6-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Ilala Lodge is a good place to stay. It's very close to the falls, and it's easy to walk there. The town itself was not really the kind of place we wanted to spend any time in. Way too commercial, way too many people trying to sell you things at every street corner. In addition, the various activities that are available are incredibly expensive for what you get.

But the Falls themselves are spectacular and interesting. Well worth a day's visit.

Ilal is an old colonial place. The rooms are fine, the service is adequate (after 7 days in camps in Botswana the service at Ilala was pretty impersonal). The food in the restaurant is very good.

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Mr B & Ms C - Vancouver
Arrived on: 6-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

We found the Victoria Falls in general a culture shock after being in the unspoilt uncommercialised world of the Botswana concessions. We felt somewhat gouged by high single entry entrance fees to the Falls. The falls are in themselves totally spectacular and no disappointment.

The environs have become touristy and expensive. It is difficult to cross the border into Zambia without a big cost. The zone needs to become more tourist friendly so that people will want to stay there.

Ilala Lodge was okay. The internet did not work very well. The reception staff were not consistently pleasant and helpful. The dining staff were mostly very nice and the breakfasts were very good.

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Ms V from London
Arrived on: 31-Dec-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Illala Lodge wonderful

Super hotel - couldn't get nearer to the falls.

Lovely vibe, super helpful staff - Martin Vaughan the manager very helpful and attentive (no relation) good pool, fantastic piano player

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Ms G and Mr M from Spain
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Right next to the Victoria Falls.

The room was just OK.

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Mr and Mrs T from Shropshire
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Returning from safari

I have already written at length about Ilala at the start of our safari. [Ed: See below!]

It is an excellent place to end a safari, being calm, clean and a great place to adjust back to reality.

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