Ilala Lodge Hotel is a family-run hotel that offers luxury and comfort in the heart of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nestled in attractive gardens, the well-appointed hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located and it is effortless for guests to access all the historical sites, restaurants and activities available in Victoria Falls. The friendly and attentive staff of this welcoming hotel makes sure that your visit is perfect in every way. The Hotel offers elegant accommodation. The ambience of this family-run, luxury hotel celebrates a unique African history and the inviting décor of the stylish rooms provides the ultimate in modern comfort.
Located on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, Ilala Lodge Hotel is geographically the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls. It is easily accessible to the town centre. Explore the lush wilderness surrounding the town on a game drive, surf the rapids on a Zambezi River white-water rafting expedition, get your heart racing as you bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, or view the Falls from the exhilarating angle of Devil’s Pools on the edge of the plunging water. You can also enjoy a legendary Zimbabwean sunset from the comfort of the elegant Ra-Ikane river cruisers, part of the Ilala Lodge Hotel group.
- Standard Rooms
The Twin Standard Rooms at Ilala Lodge Hotel are complete with two comfortable ¾ beds set within an expansive space, and an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower. The Double Standard Rooms are ideal for couples, as they have one cosy king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower. Both room types are decorated with railway teak furnishings, allowing you to experience the grandeur of days gone by. With air conditioning units installed in all Standard Rooms, guests are treated to a cool sanctuary from the African heat. Sliding doors open onto a luscious communal garden, providing you with a gateway to nature. Make yourself at home by unpacking your belongings and locking away your valuables in an in-room, secure safe.
- Standard Suites
The Standard Suites are located on the top floor and have private balconies that offer magnificent views overlooking the hotel’s gorgeous grounds and Victoria Falls itself. The suites have an ultra-comfortable King-size bed and an additional ¾ bed is neatly tucked around the corner in a private section of the room.
- Deluxe Rooms
Situated in the stylish West Wing, the Deluxe Rooms at Ilala Lodge Hotel ooze old-world charm and sophistication. Ideal for couples, solo travellers and families alike, the Deluxe Rooms feature either twin or double configurations. The Twin Deluxe Rooms at this Vic Falls lodge have two three-quarter beds and an
- en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. The bathrooms have his and her basins. The Double Deluxe Rooms have one King-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. The bathrooms have his and her basins. All Deluxe rooms have a private patio off the bedrooms where guests can enjoy the stunning sunrise in Victoria Falls.
- Executive Suites
The Executive Suites in our West Wing have a lounge and a separate bedroom. The bedroom contains a luxurious King-size 4-poster bed and the bathroom is an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, his & her basins and a separate bathtub. Visitors in the Executive Suites have a private patio that opens off the bedroom where guests can enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the mighty Victoria Falls.
- Strathearn Suite
The all-new Strathearn Suite is named after hotel founder, Strathearn Brown, who opened Ilala Lodge Hotel in 1989. Fashioned with modern and sophisticated décor, the Strathearn Suite delivers a tranquil haven of relaxation and luxury. The suite comes complete with a private lounge, kitchen, en-suite bathroom with double vanity basins, a walk-in shower and an indulgent bathtub. There is a private balcony, where guests can indulge in a large spa bath while enjoying world-class views of the spray rising above the mighty Victoria Falls waterfall. Guests will also receive an inclusive private balcony dining experience, prepared for by chefs from the award-winning Palm Restaurant, as well as a complimentary in-room couples’ massage and an intimate breakfast or lunch cruise on board the hotel’s luxury cruise boat, the Ra-Ikane River Cruise. In addition to offering an ideal romantic retreat, the suite can also be transformed into a comfortable and spacious family villa, via a pair of interleading doors into a secondary suite and deluxe guest room.
Experience fine dining in Victoria Falls at the top-rated Cassia Restaurant. Centrally located only minutes away from the Victoria Falls at Ilala Lodge Hotel, the newly-renamed restaurant offers a delicious breakfast buffet, lunch and alfresco evening dining under the stary African sky. The Cassia Restaurant delivers an unmatched menu, paired with an extensive wine list comprised of carefully selected wines from South Africa’s top vineyards. The calming and tranquil ambience is further complemented by the gentle rumble of Victoria Falls in the background. A truly unforgettable dining experience not to be missed. In January 2022 we welcomed announced of the re-naming of our highly acclaimed fine-dining restaurant, previously known as the Palm Restaurant. The new name – The Cassia Restaurant – derives from a duo of bold and beautiful Cassia Fistula trees poised in front of the hotel, facing the direction of the mighty Victoria Falls. The trees – also known as an Indian Laburnum or Golden Shower trees – are a common feature by which the restaurant is fondly recognised and remembered.
In full bloom, the trees become decorated with a golden crown. Along each branch blossom beautiful flower clusters attached to a central stem – known as pendulous racemes. Hundreds of plump golden pendulums hang from the branches of the tall trees, casting a sheltering shadow over the restaurant’s alfresco dining area. The Cassia Restaurant will continue to serve an unparalleled fine-dining experience in Victoria Falls, where guests can enjoy a delicious á la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The idyllic location of the Cassia Restaurant makes the restaurant a favourite among visitors with its close proximity to Victoria Falls. Guests can start their day with a delicious continental buffet and order off the breakfast menu while enjoying the morning sunshine.
The popular lunch menu can be enjoyed under the shade of the Cassia Trees or while relaxing nearby the pool-side bar. The lunch menu includes a wide range of delicious options from succulent signature burgers to lighter lunchtime bites. Compliment your meal with a selection of local and imported beers, wine, gins, cocktails and more available. For a gourmet al-fresco dining experience, the Cassia Restaurant offers a calming evening ambience where guests can enjoy fine dining under the stary African skies while listening to the rumble of the Falls in the background. An extensive range of South Africa’s best wines is also available to accompany your meal. The calming ambience of the restaurant, superb cuisine and attentive world-class service allows for an unforgettable dining experience at the Cassia Restaurant. If you’re looking for Victoria Falls restaurants, we look forward to welcoming you to this elegant eatery.
Activities and Excursions
Ilala Lodge Hotel is perfectly placed to make the most of your Victoria Falls holiday. Victoria Falls has a lot to offer the visitor and is known as Africa’s adventure capital. From high adrenaline activities like bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge and white-water rafting down the Zambezi River to more sedate pastimes like Ra-Ikane river cruises, or fishing, there is something for everyone. Book your next big adventure at the Ilala Lodge Hotel Tours Desk, or contact our Tours Manager here, and we will advise you on the best options available.
- RA-IKANE RIVER CRUISE
Relive the historical journey taken by David Livingstone by exploring the mighty Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane. Named after his guide, the boats are full of old-world charm, setting a romantic and intimate scene whilst you sit back, relax and take in the surrounding views. With a maximum of 16 seats available, the Ra-Ikane offers a unique vantage point for viewing birdlife and wildlife up-close on the islands along the river. This is unquestionably an activity to add to your bucket list when in Victoria Falls.
- TOUR OF VICTORIA FALLS
A tour of the mighty ‘Smoke That Thunders’, is an unforgettable experience, worthy of any Bucket List. Embark upon a leisurely 10-minute stroll from Ilala Lodge Hotel to enjoy the Falls at your own pace, or simply visit the Ilala Lodge Hotel Activity Centre to arrange a guided tour. The team will be sure to put you in touch with only the best and most experienced tour guides.
- SCENIC FLIGHTS
Viewing the spectacular Victoria Falls from the air is one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating activities in Africa. By far the most popular option is the “Flight of Angels” helicopter trip over the Falls. However, guests can also enjoy 22-minute and 30-minute helicopter flights. Another option is a slightly more thrilling microlight flight over Victoria Falls.
- RIVER ACTIVITIES
Tour operators and activity providers in Victoria Falls offer a wide range of activities along the mighty Zambezi River. The most popular of these is adrenalin-filled White Water Rafting in the rapids below Victoria Falls. Half & Full day trip options are available, including lunch and refreshments. A calmer, but no less memorable, the option is the upper Zambezi canoe trips.
- ADRENALINE ACTIVITIES
The town of Victoria Falls is the undisputed adventure capital of Africa. To get your heart racing in the best possible way, try out the 111m Bungee Jump off the world-famous Victoria Falls Bridge – one of the most popular activities in Zimbabwe. Otherwise, opt for the gut-wrenching Gorge Swing, the adrenaline-pumping Zip Line across the Batoka Gorge or the legendary Flying Fox.
Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Victoria Falls to learn about the history from an experienced local guide, or opt to walk to the town and explore what it has to offer on your own. The nature sanctuary has many species of interest, including lions, and there is a full leather workshop that sells its goods on-site, as well as in our curio shop located at the lodge itself.
- DAY TRIPS
Victoria Falls in located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is a mere hour’s drive from the border with Botswana and is only 1-hour drive from the Hwange National Park. This convenient location renders it the perfect destination for two incredible day trips: the Chobe Day Trip and the Hwange Day Trip. On these excursions, enjoy game viewing, cultural tours and more.
- GAME VIEWING ACTIVITIES
The Victoria Falls National Park and the Zambezi National Park boast a vast array of wildlife, including elephants, impala, kudu, leopard, lion and buffalo. Visit the Activity Centre to arrange either a 3-hour game drive in the morning or afternoon, a 4-hour game drive including a 3-course dinner, or a full day trip including a game-viewing cruise, lunch and a game drive.
- DEVIL’S POOL
The Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls is known as the world’s ultimate infinity pool. Located on the edge of the Victoria Falls, the natural rock walls have created a barrier, preventing swimmers from being carried over the edge of the thundering falls. If you are a thrill-seeker looking to experience an adrenaline activity, swimming in the Devil’s Pool is a must.