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 & 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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Alice from Dusseldorf
Arrived on: 10-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Ilala is perfect stay to visit the Falls. Very conveniently located. Nice view from the garden.

It is walking distance from all attractions. Rooms are nice, comfortable with a nice garden access. You can relax at the pool/bar area. The service is fantastic.

Breakfast very good with all options and the team always ready to help. Front Desk super helpful nice people.

We also dinner at the Palm. Great wine and food perfect evening.

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Ms M from London
Arrived on: 15-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent Location

Excellent location to falls. Rooms very good, lovely colonial looking Hotel.

Breakfast excellent.

Absolutely no need to spend on more expensive Hotel. We went for high tea at Victoria Falls Hotel, which was good but I preferred the look of Ilala Lodge.

Discovered a great cafe called Wild horizon cafe. Looked over the Zambezi river and also the bridge linking Zimbabwe and Zambia. Ate dinner while the sunset.

Anything good cafe was the Three monkeys.

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Piotr & Glen from London
Arrived on: 6-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very comfortable place to stay

Ilala Lodge was a very nice if not overly-colonial looking place, although perfectly nice and thus enjoyable for our stay at Victoria Falls.

We enjoyed the swimming pool and the room we had, also breakfast was abundant and tasty, but otherwise we spent lots of time in the Falls park and both nights ate outside of the hotel, at The Three Monkeys right next to the hotel.

That is a place we definitely recommend for excellent food, really affordable prices, great cocktails and superb staff service.

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Mr P from Eastleigh
Arrived on: 1-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

Ilala Lodge is very well situated, the food is great and the service from staff is execellent. Happy to recomend to my family and friends which is always testiment to a good hotel.

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Beeeater from UK
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great experience, staff, falls and views

What a start to our trip.

Loved location and the place was magical.

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Mrs K from Fort Myers
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very comfortable

Our room was attractive and comfortable, and we could see the "smoke" from the falls from our porch, and walk there in 15 minutes.

The food in the lodge's restaurant was very good, with local specialties like crocodile, warthog and kudu.

We were told there would be construction going on during our stay, and to make up for it, they offered a breakfast cruise on the Zambezie river. The construction turned out to be barely noticeable, and the cruise was wonderful - we saw two herds of elephants play in the river.

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Dr & Mrs S from France
Arrived on: 2-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ilala Lodge review

This was our second stay at Ilala Lodge and it is a very good and convenient place to spend a night in Vic Falls.

Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the restaurant is excellent.

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