Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 203 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 203 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 M. from Ramsgate
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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First stay of our trip at Ilala Lodge

We really enjoyed our stay at Ilala. The location was really convenient and we were able to walk to the Falls easily. The gardens are lovely and very well tended. Our room was spacious and well maintained with a lovelybathroom and a balcony overlooking the lawns and the family group of small antelope (Sitatunga).

Eating outside was great with a visit by elephants at dinner, although eating after dark on the terrace was difficult due to not enough light, but the next night there was no problem with moving us indoors even thought they were very busy. The menu was good too and we struggled to choose. Breakfast was lovely too and eating that outside was a lovely treat.

Most of the staff were really helpful and even if service at the bar was a little slow sometimes it was made up for by the good humour of the team.

While we were there we took a canoeing trip on the Zambezi run by Wild Horizons. This was excellent and a real high-light of the whole holiday. The guides were very professional and helpful, letting us go in separate canoes with a guide each as neither of us were used to canoeing. They were very safety conscious, especially of the presence of hippos and made sure we kept a safe distance. During the rough bits (exhilarating for us but not proper rapids) the guides put our cameras away in special padded, waterproof boxes and brought them back out as soon as the rough water was past. We saw lots of wildlife, especially birds and the breakfast and lunch were good too.

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Mr & Mrs H from Lincs
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

llala lodge was very comfortable, the staff were amazing and the food was excellent.

Our only criticism was the noise from the helicopters flying over the falls all day.

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Arrived on: 25-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ilala Lodge

The transfer from airport to Ilala was very good. Once at Ilala the welcoming was great with a drink and a comfy seat while filling out the registration form. We where then taken to our room which was downstairs, the room backed onto the lawn which was lovely for just relaxing and watching the wildlife. The breakfast was fantastic with a wide choice of cooked breakfast, cereal, cold meats and pastries. Staff where very helpful at booking taxis and booking tables at restaurants for us. It is the perfected location for Victoria Falls a safe 10 minute walk . We stayed 3 nights.

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Mr & Mrs B from Maryland
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Ilala Lodge is a wonderful small hotel just a short walk away from the falls.

Rooms are very comfortable, service and food were excellent. The Ra-Ikane sunset cruise was delightful.

We had to leave very early our last morning and the lodge packed us a very ample breakfast.

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Mr D from Richmond
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Quiet informal luxury in Vic Falls

Really outstanding large suite with balconies looking towards falls .Very good location in walking distance falls / shops / restaurants

The included river trip on Raikane was excellent - small boat with drinks / canap├ęs at sunset with knowledgable captain

Also bought their afternoon game trip to Livingston & Stanley reserve where we saw black rhino plus numerous giraffe

Breakfast excellent as was dinner with good service

Checkout surprisingly was somewhat bureaucratic / lengthy

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Circusgirl from Blackpool
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A Little Gem

A great hotel

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Ms M & Ms SP from Canada
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge Review

Ilala was lovely, well located and a highlight of the tour.

They even gave us a coupon for dinner on the first night which was a nice surprise.

Lovely memories of Vic Falls.

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Mr & Mrs G from Liphook
Arrived on: 25-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Visiting Victoria Falls Ilala Lodeg

We arrived at Vic Falls airport from J'burg and were escorted to Ilala where we were greeted with a cold drink and given an overview of the lodges facilities by a very pleasant young man called Kevin. Our immediate impression was of a beautiful, clean and efficient hotel with welcoming staff to whom nothing was too much trouble and they would do everything they could to make the guests happy without being to formal, they had the balance between service and friendliness just right and we felt "at home" right from the start.

We enjoyed some excellent dinners in the evening and were treated to viewings of elephant visiting the garden just below the restaurant terrace.

The Sunset cruise arranged by the hotel was a magical experience and they also booked a helicopter trip over the Falls for us.
We only booked a 15 minute flight in the helicopter and we thought this was long enough and was money well spent to be able to see the falls, the bridge and the gorge all laid out below we were able to appreciate the scale of the whole thing.

Our onward travel by road to Kazangula and acroos the border to Kasane airport was very efficient and the airport at Kasane is very smart and almost brand new. Just one note that we did not have to make a river crossing at the border as mentioned in our itinerary, we just waled through the border and were picked up the other side.

Our overall experience at Ilala Lodge and Victoria Falls was very enjoyable and the locals very friendly and polite.

We saw elephant, baboon, Warthogs and monkeys in and around the hotel and the Falls.

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Mr P M & family from UK
Arrived on: 13-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

A very comfortable and friendly hotel with knowledgeable and helpful staff. The hotel has a very good restaurant ( The Palm) and there is also an excellent restaurant virtually next door (The Three Monkeys).

The Lookout, another good restaurant with spectacular views over the Zambezi gorge, is nearby.

We enjoyed the Zambezi sunset cruise on the hotel's own small boat. The Falls themselves are only a short walk away. We had two nights here and saw everything we wanted to in that time.

The hotel is very good value - you don't need to stay in the more expensive hotels.

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 11-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Well sited hotel 10 mins walk from Vic Falls

This large hotel came as a bit of a shock after a month of more intimate lodges and camps. However the staff were helpful and friendly.

the rooms are typical standard hotel fair. Unfortunately a new block is being built(May 2018) and there was drilling and banging during the day. There is also a disco behind the hotel with music playing until after midnight.

Breakfast was excellent but service at dinner on the 2 nights we stayed there was painfully slow though they are recruiting new staff.

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