Ilala Lodge

Reviews of Ilala Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 216 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 216 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 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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Mr & Mrs S from Hampshire
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

We've stayed once before and loved it just as much this time.

In our view, this is the best hotel in Victoria Falls. Staff couldn't have been more helpful, and the food is very good. Thanks to all.

Ask them to contact Chris Worden to come and give his David Livingstone talk - it was fantastic.

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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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