Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 214 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 214 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.
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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Mrs G.& Mr H. from Moelln
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very nice hotel to explore the falls

If you want t visit vic falls, you need a lot of money!
Visa 30$
entrance to the falls 30$
helicopter ride 10$ for flying over the national park, plus the helicopter ride (worth every penny!)
So we paid, just for the visit of the falls, 70$ each .
The hotel wasn't anything spectacular, but good.
Very nice sundownertrip with the IKA Rane boats.

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Ts from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 17-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

We had a lovely stay at Ilala lodge - the perfect end to our honeymoon!

We were upgraded to a suite which was very special and we were treated very well. Staff were very courteous and helpful.

We went on a breakfast cruise which was brilliant and our guides were excellent.

The lodge was well-positioned to visit the falls, but was also a lovely place to spend some time relaxing.

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Mrs F. from London
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge stopover

It is beautifully designed and the room was very attractive with old railway sleepers used as shelves. The dining area looked out over the garden with lovely trees shading the terrace.

I really liked it and would have liked to have stayed longer. Well positioned for the town and Falls.

It had very good internet connections so I spent the short time I was there trying to catch up writing my blog.

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C & C from London
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge Review

We enjoyed our stay enormously; the lodge was very comfortable, the restaurant was excellent and it was near to the Falls and the markets.

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Mrs C. from cyprus
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Excellent location for the Falls and the town, superb food, helpful staff.

The adjacent market can be very loud especially at night which was a problem for 1 of our 2 nights but is beyond the control of the hotel.

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Pat from Robin Hoods Bay
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fabulous place

Very cheerful and helpful staff

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Mr C & Mr K from Oxon
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Very good location right in the centre of Vic Falls. Food was excellent (had B,L,D) and the air-conditioned rooms were spacious and comfortable with a very good shower.
Pleasant garden and nice swimming pool.

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Simon&Carmelo from Italy
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Traditional Lodge in a good location

Overall here we enjoyed our stay here. It is a comfortable and conveniently situated lodge close to the falls. This was great as we were able to walk to visit the falls before breakfast (6am)on the morning of our departure as our planned stay originally 3 nights was curtailed to 2 nights due to an incoming flight cancellation. Our ground agents managed to rearrange all our planned activities whilst we were there but the hotel reception did not have the message which was left for me regarding this nor did they have a record of a message I personally left with reservations/reception at the hotel when i heard that our flight was cancelled and I rang to call to say we hoped to arrive the following day. In fact I would advise if you have trips planned/booked but not with the hotel to make yourself known at reception or with the concierge that you are waiting to be picked up otherwise you can be missed sometimes in the confusion of reception.

At the Palm restuarant we enjoyed two good evening meals. The Raikane sunset cruise was great and staff on this very nice.
Activities we had arranged prior to our arrival were a helicopter trip over the falls.(the shorter of the two) which was a great way to get to see the whole falls and a trip into Zambia to Devils pool.Here you swim to a pool on the edge of the falls and then have a good lunch. The whole experience was great. Great pictures taken by the guide on our camera(he has a head for heights) and we enjoyed a really good lunch after on Livingstone island.I would recommend this to really experience the falls up close. Also visiting the falls by foot early meant we had them to ourselves great for photos.

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