Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Good(90%) From 101 travellers
Excellent
57
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 101 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 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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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Food:
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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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Mr and Mrs T from Shropshire
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Relaxing place to start and end a safari

We stayed here just before and just after our safari into Zimbabwe. It has very pleasant rooms which overlook a lawn that is open to the National Park and there were warthogs and mongooses walking past only feet from our patio door. It was the ideal place to prepare for a safari, and a delight to return to to wash off that safari dust and return to the real world!

The breakfasts were delicious and offered a lot of variety, although I was at a loss as to find marmalade for my toast! Not that this was really a problem as there was a wide range of dishes available.

There was also free internet here although on arrival it seemed to be somewhat temperamental. Something quite common in Africa. The staff were very helpful and accommodating with regard to staying a little after check out time and looking after bags etc.

The location is excellent. Very convenient for both the Falls and the shops and it is right next door to the banks and post office.

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Being only a moderate sized hotel we felt more relaxed than if staying at a much larger hotel.

Service levels were good.

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Ms. N - Idaho
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Convenient location.

Meals were excellent, if expensive; many choices of game on menu. Eating outside on the balcony was a treat and service was excellent. Room was ordinary, but the wildlife just outside our French door was marvelous for our first introduction to Africa (other than airport hotel). There was a family of wart hogs frolicking for our entertainment, along with meercats.

They were excellent in trying to set up activities for us, but the girl in charge of booking spoke so softly she was impossible to hear. We were able to a arrange a trip to Victoria Falls very spontaneously as he was about to leave with a prebooked group. Although falls were close to hotel, it was just too hot to walk.

The main drawback was the very steep staircase with dangerous footing. Pool beautiful. Nice to have air conditioning as we adjusted to heat. Very close to shops, but the young guys descending on us to buy stuff was tiresome; they were very persistent. Service was excellent and they allowed me direct access to refrigerator for my medicine.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Luxurious

Very surprised at how beautiful the lodge was. Felt like a 5 star hotel. Dinner and breakfast were best yet. Expensive but thats Zimbabwe! Very close to Falls. easy walk.

Only one night here and to be honest we were happier to spend time in Botswana as once you have seen the falls and maybe managed to fit in an activity you feel like your time is better spent elsewhere esp if you are looking for wildlife experiences.

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Mr & Mrs R from Daventry
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good lodge near Falls

A good place to stay near the Falls. Comfortable and friendly.
We had a garden room with access to the lawned area and had a lot of bird visitors, plus warthogs, baboons and monkeys
Would definitely use this lodge again.

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