Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge is charmingly decorated in a turn of the century theme with a view of the Victoria Falls high-water sprays.

from ZAR 1439 pppn

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Ilala Lodge is a modest hotel minutes from the falls and within view of the plumes of high-water spray. Charmingly decorated in a turn of the century theme with teak furniture and antique pieces, the hotel combines down-to-earth comfort with friendly and personal service to create a casual atmosphere of timeless simplicity.

The 32 rooms are air conditioned with en suite bathrooms and separate showers, satellite TV, and you can opt for a morning tea and coffee service with a fruit basket. Decor is teak, sepia and lime with artefacts and imagery from early explorer days; all rooms have patio doors that overlook the river and open onto the front lawn – frequented by elephant, buffalo, warthog and bush buck.

The Palm Restaurant offers a familiar array of dishes with some local favourites thrown in, chief among these is the crocodile pie and ostrich steaks. Enjoy dinner under the stars to the accompaniment of the thundering falls. It’s a rather pleasant way to spend an evening.

The lodge has two private boats, one a luxurious period-piece, the other a floating bar-cum-restaurant and both offer unrivalled sunset cruises on the upper reaches of the wildlife-infested Zambezi.

If you’re looking for an up-close study of some of Africa’s most fearsome creatures, the lodge has its own crocodile ranch and animal sanctuary. Ilala has the luxury of being the closest hotel to the falls on the Zimbabwean side and offers an in-house safari operator and activity-booking office to help you organise yourself around the overwhelming amount of activities.