Ilala Lodge

411 Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

The lodge's elegant interior design is tempered with thatch roofs, giving it a graceful African look. Dining outside under the night sky at the award-winning Palm Restaurant ($$$), with the Falls thundering 300 feet away, is a particularly enticing way to while away a Zimbabwean evening. The Palm also serves a great terrace lunch overlooking the bush. Guest rooms are hung with African paintings and tapestries and filled with delicately caned chairs and tables and with dressers made from old railroad sleepers. French doors open onto a narrow strip of lawn backed by thick bush. Unlike most hotels in town, Ilala Lodge has no fence around it, so at night it's not uncommon to find elephants browsing outside your window or buffalo grazing on the lawn or at the pool.


  • great central location
  • family-friendly
  • only 10 minutes from the Falls by foot


  • the location in town can ruin expectations if you are keen on the peace of the African bush
  • the noise from the helicopters can be disturbing


Phones: 013-4–47379


32 rooms, 2 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted Breakfast