Set by the mighty Zambezi River, stylish Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel on the Zimbabwean side to the impressive Victoria Falls. Its 73 cool, contemporary rooms and suites are spread between three wings and are designed to create a feeling of intimacy. French doors lead out of every room and suite onto a private veranda, balcony or lush, beautifully manicured grounds often grazed by wild warthog or hippo. The teak furnishings are made from local Zimbabwean railway sleepers whilst the beds feature high-quality cotton linens.
Ilala Lodge’s atmospheric restaurant nestles beneath a soaring thatched roof, offering superb cuisine and a huge range of beverages. In good weather, dine al fresco and enjoy the sound of the roaring waterfall together with the unforgettable sight of vast star-studded African night skies. One of the finest restaurants in Victoria Falls, guests enjoy a delicious á la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Recreational facilities at the property include an inviting swimming pool, surrounded by wicker sun loungers.
Should you be tempted to leave your idyllic surrounds, an array of activities await from a romantic lunch on Livingstone Island at the lip over which the Zambezi River tumbles or a relaxing sunset river cruise to the more adventurous scenic flight. For a classic gameviewing experience, consider taking a game drive into a nearby national park such as Botswana’s Chobe, renowned for its healthy elephant population. Alternatively, take a hands-on half-day safari with the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) and learn all about local efforts to conserve the area’s wildlife.