Hotel Ilala Lodge

411 Livingstone WayVictoria FallsZimbabwe
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About Hotel Ilala Lodge

Zimbabwe’s 4-star Hotel Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls, and offers boutique accommodation where most rooms can see the spray from one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Guests will find themselves a 20-minute walk from the Victoria Falls entry gate, a little further from the Victoria Falls Bridge and about 12 minutes from the Devil’s Pool.

All rooms are air conditioned, and also have satellite TV, overhead fans, an en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, and a mini safe, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities.

This hotel has its own outdoor pool with bar, free Wi-Fi and can organise activities such as safaris, falls cruises, white-water rafting and fishing.

The Palm Restaurant offers fine dining from breakfast through to dinner, as well as an extensive wine list.

Hotel Ilala Lodge is 15.5 miles away from the Victoria Falls Airport.


411 Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Telephone: +263(0)1344737 | Fax: +263(0)1344740 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach / Sun umbrellas
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Convenience store
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Pool bar
  • Porter service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • Washing machine
  • Wellness centre / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony / Terrace
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Beauty salon
  • Body treatments
  • Massage


  • Accessible parking

For children

  • Child / Baby cot
  • Childcare / Babysitting

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Closest to Victoria Falls; warm staff.

Guests at Ilala Lodge were happy to be staying in the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls, which they said put them in the perfect spot for walking to the Victoria Falls National Park or heading to the Victoria Falls Bridge. Also a bonus — the staff here is said to be genuinely very warm and friendly and glad to help out with anything that you could need while you are staying.

Spacious rooms, handsome grounds and a pool.

The rooms here are said to be spacious, comfortable, clean and cosy — but not over the top ornate — while some of them open up onto the handsome gardens, some wildlife visitors like warthogs sometimes graze.  According to reviews, the grounds also offer the chance to spot spray from the falls, or simply stargaze in safety, while those not wishing to risk the Devil's Pool will find a pool with bar on site.

Delicious food and great service.

Those who opted to stay at Illala Lodge said that they always experienced delicious food, including a very wide variety of fare on offer in the breakfast buffet, such as juices, pastries, meats and fruit, as well as cooked options just how they liked it. On top of this, the restaurant apparently has a balcony looking out in the direction of the falls, so you do not miss a moment of the experience.

Negative Reviews

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index ® based on 257 reviews across the web
8.8 /10
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8.8 out of 10 based on 257 reviews