Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Good(90%) From 104 travellers
Excellent
60
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 104 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 G from London
Arrived on: 17-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

We arrived in Ilala Lodge after being in 3 camps in Botswana and it was quite different.

The comfort,design and location of the Lodge is wonderful but the staff a bit less personable than we found in safari camps. This is quite understandable as it is a hotel in a tourist town and has to cater for many different tastes.

The breakfasts were magnificent and the dinners at the restaurant were tasty but slightly fussy and over designed.

We paid a handsome sum to go microlighting over the Victoria Falls from the Zambia side. It was worth digging deep in our pockets as to see the falls this way is possibly a once in a lifetime experience.

We liked Victoria Falls town but fear for it's future. The tourist police are very helpful and do their best to stop tourists being hassled by local people selling anything and everything they can to you. The Elephant Walk shopping centre in town is nice (no hassling) and has a great friendly little cafe where one can escape from the heat and eat some nice food such as Warthog ciabatta! It's quite fun to watch the wildlife including baboons, warthogs and mongoose wandering around town.

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Miss B from Canada
Arrived on: 22-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great hotel

Great staff, awesome rooms, great view, AWESOME burgers!

Close to the falls and the bridge.

[Ed: see below for comments on their first stay here at the start of this trip.]

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Miss B from Canada
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great start and finish hotel!

Ilala Lodge was close to the Falls and the Bridge to access the things we wanted to see. Great service and lovely staff, we loved just chilling out in the pool or drinking at the bar.

It was a great place to start and finish.

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Expert Africa comments

We were delighted that these travellers enjoyed Ilala Lodge so much - if you'd like to read more about their stay here then take a look at their blog.


Mr C & Ms B - Honolulu
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge - great location for Vic Falls

Great location, walking distance to Victoria Falls.

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Mr R & Ms M - Houston, Texas
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

The facilities were great.

Staff was excellent. The hotel was conveniently located to what we wanted to see and within easy walking distance to the falls.

We enjoyed our stay there.

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Thorntons
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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great base for Vic Falls

Good recommendation. Excellent location. Actually nicer atmosphere than Vic Falls Hotel which, when we visited for a drink was crammed with bus parties.

Menu also good for two nights dinner

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Mr T and Ms N from Toronto, Canada
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ian and Michelle - Ilala Lodge Oct 11

Ilala lodge is a wonderful hotel in Victoria Falls, and is just a very short walk from the falls themselves.

The hotel is well maintained and very comfortable. Our main-floor room had a door we could open onto the lawn, where we saw some local animals wandering around, notable warthogs and a family of Banded Mongoose.

Our sole complaint was that the dinner did not meet expectations, largely due to a waiter who must have been new and could not seem to get the order right - but in fairness I should point out that the couple at the table next to us was effusive in their praise of the food and called out the chef to give their complements.

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Mr & Mrs B - Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Relaxed feel close and close to the Falls

A very informal Lodge and easy to relax. Nice pool.
Good food in the Palm restaurant both dinner and breakfast.

We experienced difficulty trying to pay by either travellers cheques or credit card. Cash is obviously wanted in Zimbabwe. We eventually managed to sort out the payment machine by getting the battery charged, much to the relief of guests behind us in the queue!

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Mr M & Dr K - Massachusetts, USA
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge

We needed to change rooms, due to lack of cleanliness in the bathrooms, on the first night (our anniversary). The room renovations that were toted was nothing more than a new television set. The management team did address the room problems, but our anniversary celebration was a bust,

Walking around Victoria Falls and having to ward off the local vendors was a horrible experience. The vendors hounded us immediately as we left the hotel property. Apparently, 'No' is not understood. It is a huge problem, that many visitors complained about.

We did enjoy the food and drink at the Victoria Falls Hotel, and would recommend this location for any future travelers.

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Mr & Mrs W from Toronto
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Convenient and Comfortable

Comfortable rooms and a good restaurant. Dinner was good and breakfast was excellent.

Excellent location as it is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls and to the banks and curio market in town.

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