We had a really lovely stay at Ilala lodge. We had thought from the initial description that the lodge was more remote than it was.
When you stay here you are on the outskirts of the town (so, no noise, which is good) but you can easily walk there within 5mins. We didn't realise we would be this close to everything and we're hoping to be more 'immersed in nature'. However, saying this, it turned out to be ideal. We could walk to the falls in just under 10mins and the hotel itself overlooks the falls. Having dinner at the hotel overlooking the powerful buffeting water spraying high up into the sky is amazing :)
Having a ground floor room, although a bit dated, was lovely as we could walk straight out of our room onto the grounds. The great thing about this was the lovely family of wart-hogs that hung out just outside of our room everyday :)
The swimming pool was also lovely, and a welcomed relief from the heat. Definitely worth staying somewhere with a pool.
I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel, the rooms and grounds are lovely and the location ideal if you don't want long difficult hikes. For us it was the perfect start to our tour of Africa. We went through an amazing agency with a wonderful man called Simon Stobbs: email@example.com phone no: +27 (72) 2198205. Simon managed to get us amazing discounts on all safaris we did in both Botswana and Namibia. All of our reviews of these safari's were 5* as all of them were absolutely amazing both in experience and standard of accommodation.
Tips whilst staying at Ilala:
- Yes, the helicopter ride over the falls IS worth it :) Especially if you are interested in the history of the falls or the Geology behind it.
- Also, the sunset cruise is lovely, if a little uneventful. You float around up at the top of the falls, very slowly! However, you are given as much free wine & snacks as you wish. If you have not seen hippos or crocs then definitely do this as you will see them, in fact some come quite close. Very safe though, perfect way for families with small children to see the animals in a safe way. But, if you've ever been on safari, it's quite tame and although a lovely, relaxing, sociable evening, you could be forgiven for skipping it.
- It is definitely worth seeing the falls from both sides, take your passport :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect base for exploring all the Victoria Falls has to offer, Ilala Lodge provides distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is ideally situated and is closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilala Hotel Victoria Falls