Reviews of Ilala Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
220 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Ilala Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Ilala Lodge review"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Illala Lodge wonderful"
Lovely vibe, super helpful staff - Martin Vaughan the manager very helpful and attentive (no relation) good pool, fantastic piano player" See all these reviews: 6n in Namibia; 3n in Mozambique; 2n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Right next to the Victoria Falls."
"Returning from safari"
It is an excellent place to end a safari, being calm, clean and a great place to adjust back to reality." See all these reviews: 7n in Zimbabwe
"Relaxing place to start and end a safari"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Zimbabwe
"Ilala Lodge review"
Service levels were good." See all these reviews: 8n in Zimbabwe; 2n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Mozambique; 2n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 1n in Botswana; 1n in Zimbabwe
"Good lodge near Falls"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Great location for Victoria Falls"
We did think the bedroom and bathroom were a little tired and needed updating. But both were clean and this didn't detract from the two nights we spent there.
We were surprised to be starting our wildlife sightings here with mongoose, hippo and warthogs in the hotel garden.
We enjoyed a sunset cruise on the hotel's boat Ra Ikane which, though quite expensive, proved to be a terrific experience thanks to the skipper and his mate." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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