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Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls

Ilala is a distinguished and upmarket hotel situated within 5 minutes walk of the Victoria Falls

Fabulous dining at The Palm Restaurant Front view of Ilala Guest dine on the terrace Beautiful rooms at Ilala Lodge

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It is one of the privately owned Victoria Falls lodges, situated within walking distance of the mighty Victoria Falls and the town centre. The Lodge offers upmarket accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance and the décor evokes a feeling of adventure and romance.

On arrival in the vibrant reception area you are served with a long cold drink and made to feel welcome.

The hotel grounds are secluded and well maintained and borders the Zambezi National Park and one can often see warthog and other wild animals grazing on the lawn.

The hotel has a large terrace running along the front of it and the view from here, of the never ending spray from the Falls, is enchanting.

The original swimming pool has a large wooden sun deck perfect to sit around and soak up a bit of the African sun. In 2019, they added poolside lounge, and also a plunge pool in a lovely setting on the terrace, with wooden deck and sun loungers.

In late 2015, an entirely new section of the hotel was built to increase capacity. Ilala Lodge went from having 32 standard and deluxe rooms to 56 rooms, and again in 2018 to 73 which now include regular suites and executive suites, still holding that personalised and intimate level of service and attention to detail. All the rooms are fitted with attractive railway (tie) sleeper furniture adding a magical touch of Africa.

For those who really wish to spoil themselves in luxury with extra special amenities, The Strathearn suite, which opened in 2019, is the one to choose, and brings the total rooms to 74. It offers an abundance of space, and features en-suite bathroom with walk in shower, double vanity, indulgent oversized bathtub, Lounge area, Private balcony, and a large hot tub on the balcony. It also comes with an exclusive balcony dinner prepared by your personal chef, a 30-minute in-room couples massage, and a breakfast or lunch cruise aboard the Ra-Ikane. Can you say perfect honeymoon?

A family or group of up to six can select the Strathearn Family suite, which is made up of the Strathearn suite, plus inter-leading Deluxe and Executive suites. This also includes the private dining experience per stay, plus either a breakfast or lunch cruise on the Ra-Ikane.

Our Opinion

Ilala is the most intimate of the true hotels in Vic Falls conveniently located only a stones throw from the Falls themselves. It's very high standards make this hotel an obvious choice for guests wanting top quality luxury and service. It's Cassia restaurant offers fine dining that is amongst the best in Vic Falls. Besides the Strathearn suite, not that suited for families with young children, but apart from that we highly recommended Ilala Lodge.

We would suggest that this hotel is best suited to the slightly more mature traveller, because of the quiet and peaceful ambiance.


• Upmarket privately owned hotel
• Secluded hotel grounds
• Terrace has view of the spray of the Victoria Falls
• New wing built in 2015, and another in 2018 to increase hotel capacity
• Well suited for older travellers

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 246 (Standard room) April to December
US$ 284 (Deluxe room)  April to December

US$ 197 (Standard room)  April to December
US$ 228 (Deluxe room)  April to December

US$ 246 (Standard room) January to March
US$ 284 (Deluxe room)  January to March
US$ 258 (Standard room) April to December
US$ 307 (Deluxe room)  April to December

US$ 197 (Standard room)  January to March
US$ 228 (Deluxe room)  January to March
US$ 207 (Standard room)  April to December
US$ 246 (Deluxe room)  April to December

Accommodation at Ilala Lodge

• 32 standard rooms - 26 twin (three-quarter beds) and 6 double rooms (king beds)
• 36 Deluxe rooms - 23 double rooms (king size beds), 13 twin (three-quarter beds)
• 2 Standard suites - King size beds
• 3 Executive suites - 1 king bed
• 1 Strathearn suite - 1 king bed. The Strathearn Family Suite for up to 6 guests is made up of the Strathearn suite, plus one Executive suite (king bed), plus a twin Deluxe room (2 three-quarter beds).

All rooms have:
• En-suite Bathrooms
• Air Conditioning
• Satellite TV
• Overhead Fan
• Balcony
• Safe
• Tea/Coffee making facility
• Wireless internet access


Cassia (ex Palm) Restaurant - located on the terrace is an elegant restaurant offering an a la carte menu which includes some local dishes.

They have a piano player to entertain guests and the atmosphere with the sound of the mighty Victoria Falls in the background is lovely.

Breakfast is full English buffets, or continental depending on your mood. Light snacks are also served for lunch from the a la carte menu.


• Location close to the Falls and walking distance to town centre
• Romantic and intimate
• Suitable for the more mature traveller
• Elephant and other wild animal are sometimes seen in the gardens

Facilities & Services

• Cassia Restaurant
• Cocktail Bar
• River Cruises
• Laundry
• Room Service
• Swimming Pool
• Wi-Fi
• Conference Facilities - Fully air conditioned and equipped conference facility. With seating for 40 people classroom style and 80 cinema style

How to Get to Ilala Lodge

Airport transfers can be arranged from Victoria Falls, Kasane and Livingstone airports. Contact us for help arranging your transfers.

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