Ilala Lodge

The perfect base from which to explore one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, the majestic Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls hotel accommodation at Ilala Lodge provides distinguished yet affordable boutique hotel accommodation in gracious and secluded surrounds. This hotel features just 32 rooms on the property, assuring you of your hosts’ best attention, and you can look forward to personalized service during your visit.

The Ilala Lodge Hotel in Victoria Falls is ideally situated on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, where it is the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls, recently voted one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, are within easy walking distance for guests, as is the Victoria Falls town center. Ilala Lodge is the perfect spot from which to embark on a voyage of discovery in one of Africa’s favorite tourist destinations. Here, historical sites, culinary experimentation and a host of activities in pristine natural surroundings are within your reach.

Outdoors, it’s all about the falls, and the spray from this mass of falling water is visible from most places at Ilala Lodge Hotel. The Hotel is ideally situated being the closest to the mighty Victoria Falls as well as the town center. There is no need to enlist the services of a guide to visit this worthwhile sight, as the Falls are an easy 20 minute walk from the property, so you can admire this natural wonder at your own pace. Victoria Falls town is even closer and you will find many entertaining pastimes to enjoy in this lively tourist town.

The National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns, with the spray of the falls in the background. Warthogs are common visitors and their comical appearance and behaviors are sure to delight and entertain you during your stay.

Activities at Ilala

Ilala Lodge Hotel is perfectly placed to make the most of your Victoria Falls Holiday. Aside from elegant accommodation and fine dining, the hotel offers a number of onsite facilities for your enjoyment. You can relax alongside the sparkling pool with a sundowner, hit the bar to discuss the day’s activities with fellow guests, take advantage of the Wi-Fi to update your online journal, enjoy an invigorating wellness treatment, or head out on one of Ilala's many activities.

Optional activities available at additional cost include:
• Bungee Jumping
• Zip Lining
• Scenic Flights Over Victoria Falls
• River Rafting
• Sunset River Cruises
• Day Trips to Chobe National Park

Dinning at Ilala

Wild animals, such as warthog and impala, often graze on the hotel lawns and restaurant diners can see and hear the majestic roar of "the smoke that thunders" in the background and enjoy Zimbabwe's finest a la carte cuisine in The Palm Restaurant, featuring tranquil views and elegant colonial ambiance. A second restaurant, Kubika, will whisk you away on a culinary adventure, serving delicious crocodile, kudu and ostrich dishes with a Mongolian twist.

History of Ilala Lodge

The site on which Ilala stands was originally occupied by Mrs Green who owned and ran the original Sprayview Restaurant.

In 1970 it was demolished by Gardini and Sons who drew up plans for a restaurant and casino. During 1984 the site was offered to the Brown family for Ilala Lodge Hotel. Their offer coincided with the Minister of Finance offer of a tax incentive for hotel construction. Richard Beattie of Hope Clark and Associates were commissioned to produce plans for a small hotel. The hotel had to have at least 12 rooms. Eventually 16 rooms were agreed to.

Thelma Newmarch recommended the name fop this Victoria Falls Hotel as Ilala Lodge and played a major role in the overall look and feel of the hotel. At that time tourism was in the doldrums, the Elephant Hills had been burnt down other hotels were very run down. Strath and his son Keith were responsible for erecting the roof and Beryl Brown and Angela Campbell did all the landscaping and supervision of the gardens.

The highlight of the opening ceremony was the local Chief and the Spiritual elders who accompanied him and blessed the Lodge in their traditional way.

Ten years later when Laura Brown was General Manager of Ilala Lodge Hotel she added 16 more rooms to the Lodge and an additional 2 rooms downstairs bringing it to the 34 rooms today.

Ilala Lodge


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