As two Scots who were brought up on stories of David Livingston, a trip to Victoria Falls was high on our bucket list and it didn't disappoint. After extensive research we decided that the Ilala Lodge met both our requirements and our budget and after 3 nights at the lodge we can state that it matched these perfectly. From the first moment that we arrived at reception we were treated like honoured guests by all the staff, everyone of whom was polite and courteous.
We had a standard room on the ground floor which opened out onto the gardens. The room was very clean, comfortable and well presented. The food and the service at the bar was superb and of a very high quality.
The hotel was only 10 minutes walk to the falls, although you do have to walk the gauntlet of locals trying to sell you very valuable memories of your trip. There are tourist police who should help keep this annoyance to a minimum but they seemed to spend a lot of time sheltering from the sun.
We took a helicopter flight over the falls, a sunset cuise on the hotel's boat the Ra-ikane and a night drive in the Victoria Falls reserve. We were very lucky to see Black Rhino in the reserve but the highlight of that trip for us after 8 visits to Africa was finally seeing a dung beetle :)
However, the highlight of our trip to Victoria Falls was to see Dr Livingston's wonderful discovery, oh that and a three night stay at the Ilala Lodge.