Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 222 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 222 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 M from Weymouth
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Peaceful haven in busy Victoria Falls

First visited in 2001, there is a whole new block of rooms in which we stayed this time, same high quality as the original hotel rooms.

A nice place to rest between safari camps, short walk to the falls and the bridge.

Shops are very touristy and nothing special, lots of begging and you felt a little uneasy if you ventured off the main street, there were guards and police in evidence.

Main drawback to Victoria falls is the constant noise of helicopters and microlights in the sky all day long

A highlight was the early morning breakfast cruise in the Ilala Lodge's own boat, lots of elephants, crocodiles and birds to see.

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Mr & Mrs M from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Amazing location, spectacular view of the Victoria Falls spray from our balcony, great room, well maintained grounds, lovely food.

Staff were very friendly and delivered a high level of service.

Highly recommended.

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Mrs G. from St Albans
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent location with helpful staff

We stayed in the new wing and were very pleased with our choice. From our balcony, we could see mist from the Falls, the entrance to which is about a ten minute walk from the hotel. Our room was comfortable with a large bathroom. There is ample space to store cases, but no drawers and little space for hanging clothes. Clearly guests stay for just two or three nights and are not expected to unpack.

The dining experience here is excellent and very popular. Most people eat outside, but you can eat inside if you prefer. A pianist played inside the dining area each night we were there. Breakfast is a mixture of buffet and waiter service. There are a number of hot food options that you order from a menu, but there are also a number of continental items on the buffet. We chose to eat all our evening meals in the hotel and were very happy with that choice. During our stay, it was cold in the evenings and mornings, so mosquitos were not a problem.

If you have any free time during the day, there are plenty of loungers in the small pool area and outside bar. The hotel booked a number of activities for us before our arrival, including a helicopter ride. We found all the staff pleasant and helpful.

You can see both sides of Victoria Falls in a day, but we were pleased to finish our holiday at a relaxing pace and stayed at the hotel for three nights. When we stayed, the hotel had a package for guests staying three nights. In the hotel's restaurant we had one complimentary dinner ( food only) and a complimentary river cruise on the hotel's own boat ( price is usually $85.)

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Mrs B from Oxon
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent stay in all respects

Lovely comfortable room, excellent food and service and friendly helpful staff

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Mr & Mrs J from Oxforshire
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Very clean & comfortable, good restaurant.

Great location, a short walk to the falls. We didn't take part in any other activities on offer as we only stayed 1 night.

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F family from Sherborne
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge - Ideal for the Falls

We very much enjoyed our stay at Ilala Lodge: easy ten minute walk to the Falls; comfortable rooms; excellent food; great service.

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Mr & Mrs R from Picton, NZ
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury Ilala lodge

Very pleasant stay in this comfortable lodge that has a lot of character.

Very attentive staff and excellent food and service in the dining room.

The icing on the cake was a pianist to entertain us during the evening meal, absolutely wonderful.

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Mr & Mrs L from Hinckley
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Overall an enjoyable stay: room was comfortable, everything worked.. but it wasn't "special" - a typical decent hotel room. Swimming pool was cold (although I've known worse!). The proximity to the Falls - great for convenience - did mean that there was a fairly constant drone from overhead helicopters/planes etc. Staff very efficient/friendly/helpful.

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Dune lover from London
Arrived on: 23-May-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ilala Lodge Review - beware the baboons

The hotel itself was well appointed with good facilities. The staff were helpful and the main rooms and dining area well decorated and well laid out. It was a short walk to the Victoria Falls and so the location was excellent.

The town of Victoria Falls has limited attractions away from the river and the Falls themselves. the hotel is surrounded by street sellers which made the walk to the Falls unpleasant and they were very persistent. Any street sellers we encountered in Namibia were always friendly and courteous and would leave you alone if you did not wish to buy. No such luck in Victoria Falls!

There was a waterhole in the grounds of the hotel and we frequently saw elephants. There was also a very persistent presence of Baboons! Never leave anything outside your room no matter which floor you are on!!

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Mr & Mrs C from Berwick
Arrived on: 21-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Overnight stay

We only stayed briefly, arriving mid evening and leaving early morning.

It is a lot larger than when we last visited several years ago and consequently has lost its small hotel appeal. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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