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      Ilala Lodge

      The Closest Zimbabwe Hotel to the Falls

      Ilala Lodge is situated on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls as well as the Vic Falls town center. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, and he named them Victoria Falls, the name still used in Zimbabwe. The older, indigenous name of Mosi-oa-Tunya is the name in official use in Zambia. The World Heritage List recognizes both names. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 5,600 ft and height of 360 ft, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Ilala Lodge offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in warm elegant surroundings. The decor evokes an era of early adventure and the quest for discovery in Africa. 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. Ilala Lodge offers 32 standard rooms and 2 standard suites as well as 20 deluxe rooms and 2 executive suites. All rooms have en-suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV and have individual coffee and tea facilities. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either an open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. Victoria Falls is known as Africa's adventure capital and has a lot to offer visitors, from high-adrenalin activities like bungee jumping and whitewater rafting to more sedate pastimes like fishing or elephant back safaris.

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      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $246 per person per night
      • Location: Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
      • Age Minimum: 0 years old
      • # of Beds: 146 beds
      • Amenities: Air Conditioning, Cell Phone Coverage, Ensuite Bathrooms, Hairdryer, Laundry Included, Pool, Recharge Facilities, Wi-Fi
      • Type: Hotel, Lodge
      • Included: Accommodation, breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, VAT & tourism levy
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        Restaurant dining, room service, all drinks, curio shop items, spa treatments, laundry, sundowners, Guided Tour of the Falls, Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi, Village Visit, Canoeing, Fishing the Zambezi, Horseback Riding, Helicopter Flight over the Falls, Helicopter Flight over the Falls/Gorge/Game Park, Half Day Game Drive in Victoria Falls National Park, Canoeing on the Upper Zambezi, Zambezi River Boat Safari, Whitewater Rafting, Golf at Elephant Hills Golf Course

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        Elephant Interaction

        Make Some Big Friends

        Elephants which are habituated to humans can be incredibly gentle giants. Getting to know them up close can be a very moving connection with one of Africa's iconic animals.

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        Fishing the Zambezi

        Tigerfish, Tilapia and Catfish... Oh My.

        You will be met at hotel reception for a Fish excursion on the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls. This picturesque river is home to the legendary tigerfish as well as many other species of tilapia and varieties of catfish. Fishing is best during the summer months. If you are a fly fisherman please bring your own rod and flies. more

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        It's the same game, just in a very different landscape. Give yourself a familiar activity to spend time outside. You may even see a few different birdies.

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        Guided Tour of the Falls, Zimbabwe

        The Best of Victoria Falls

        To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them, it is well worth taking a guided tour. These tours are informative and last for 1½ hours. Tours may be booked in the morning or afternoon and times are flexible. You will be collected at your hotel for a short drive to the Falls.

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        Helicopter - Flight of Angels

        An Amazing Perspective

        To put the Victoria Falls into true perspective, they must really be seen from the air. The sheer size and grandeur of the spectacle becomes clear when viewed from above. The huge Zambezi River flowing slowly south with hippos and crocodiles clearly visible in the shallow waters, elephant quietly browsing on bright green islands as the more

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        Horseback Riding

        An Unparalleled Riding Experience

        On horseback, animals seem to accept you as part of their natural surroundings a little more. You can spend more time with them…and get a little closer.

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        Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi

        A Relaxing Afternoon on the River

        On this cruise you are welcomed with a cocktail on the boat while given a safety talk and a brief history of the river on the outset of the trip. The most popular activity in Victoria Falls is a cruise on the river above the Water Fall. This part of the river is characterised by a multitude of small and large islands, clad with more

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        The Bushtracks Express

        The Bushtracks Express offers the classic “time travel” back into history utilizing beautiful classic steam locomotives and carriages lovingly restored by Bushtracks Africa and Rovos Rail. The Zimbabwe train will run every Tuesday and Friday for pre-dinner drinks & canapés to the Victoria Falls Bridge and back. A red carpet will more

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        Village Visit

        You will be met at hotel reception by a Bushtracks Guide, depart on a 20 minute drive to a rural village near Victoria Falls town where you are given the opportunity to interact with local villagers going about their daily tasks. The tour enables the guest to see rural life first hand; visiting rural homes, watching their fields being more

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