Ilala Lodge

Set by the mighty Zambezi River, stylish Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel on the Zimbabwean side to the impressive Victoria Falls.

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.


How to get to Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge is an easy 20 minutes from Victoria Falls Airport by road.

Activities at Ilala Lodge

  • Scenic flight by helicopter or microlight
  • Sunset cruise
  • Livingstone Island lunch
  • Wildlife Conservation Awareness Safari with Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU)
  • Game drives in Chobe National Park

Ilala Lodge Highlights

  • The closest hotel to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the waterfall
  • A haven of cool, contemporary comfort spread between two wings
  • Beautiful guestrooms and suites overlooking manicured gardens
  • An inviting swimming pool and atmospheric restaurant set under thatch
  • Access to a huge range of activities from scenic flights to wildlife safaris

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Accommodation at Victoria Falls

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the Victoria Falls region. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Ilala Lodge

Set by the mighty Zambezi River, stylish Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel on the Zimbabwean side to the impressive Victoria Falls.

Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge

The sumptuous Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge sits on a private game reserve around 15 kilometres outside Victoria Falls town, offering 'Big 5' encounters and plenty of old-world charm.

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp offers sublime vistas over the lush rainforest surrounding the majestic Victoria Falls as well as a view of the waterfall’s soaring clouds of spray.

The Kingdom Hotel

The sprawling Kingdom Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the great Victoria Falls and features an imposing architectural style inspired by the ancient Shona Kingdom of Munhumutapa.

Victoria Falls Hotel

The gracious old-world Victoria Falls Hotel is steeped in history and sits beneath shade trees and manicured gardens now over a century old.

Victoria Falls Safari Club

The Victoria Falls Safari Club is a luxurious boutique property that shares its magnificent grounds with the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.


Zimbabwe Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Zimbabwe experience.

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Zimbabwe Overview

What is the best thing to do in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe offers plenty of fabulous safari experiences and the two major national parks – Hwange and Mana Pools – are top of the list when visiting the country. For the more adventurous, Zimbabwe is one of the best countries across Africa for walking and canoeing safaris, whilst the magnificent Victoria Falls is a must-visit.

What is the climate like in Zimbabwe?
Overall the country has a pleasant climate but temperatures vary with elevation. The highveld has a moderate climate (up to 29°C in summer) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-October when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from June-August. October is the hottest month with days in the mid to high 30°s. Rain falls regularly in the summer (November-March/April) turning the bush lush and green.

How do I get to Zimbabwe?
The easiest way into the country is from the South African hub of Johannesburg. Multiple major airlines fly into the city including British Airways, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Delta Airlines, Qantas, and of course South African Airways. From Johannesburg there are regular flights to Victoria Falls, the start and end point for many safaris. Alternatively, for an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience, journey by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with?
Zimbabwe is easily combinable with neighbouring countries including Botswana, Zambia and South Africa – all of which provide a different safari experience. Another popular combination with a Zimbabwean safari is a visit to Uganda or Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.

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United Kingdom: +44 (20) 4518 8166

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