In the heart of Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge is a family-run accommodation with a laid-back atmosphere. Despite its size, Illala maintains the feeling of a cosy lodge nestled amid manicured gardens and boasts exceptional local food and perfect views of the fall from its wraparound veranda.


Plan your journey

Location

Ilala Lodge is just a ten-minute walk to the entrance to Victoria Falls National Park. It’s so close that you may even feel the spray of the falls while walking through the pretty gardens, although it still maintains a secluded feel. The lodge’s proximity to the national park means impala and warthog are often seen wandering through the gardens to graze.

Rooms

34 rooms are spread across two storeys, offering options of standard twin, standard double and deluxe suites. Ground floor rooms have double French doors leading out to the lodge’s manicured gardens while upper floors have balconys, both offering a good view of the falls. Rooms are designed to be a tranquil haven for guests offering large beds, subtle colours and rich wood furnishings.

Communal Areas

The colonial-style main area houses a pleasant lounge adorned with antiques, colourful prints and curios. Guests can dine al fresco, in the elegant atmosphere of the Palm Restaurant or at Kubika which serves interesting local delicacies such as crocodile risotto. A veranda wraps around the hotel-front providing a shady spot to enjoy views of the gardens and the falls beyond. A thatched and scenic cocktail bar sits next to the pool offering snacks and drinks all day.

Activities

Illala has its own activity centre so organising trips is easy. Guests can take game drives and elephant rides on the private estate and river cruises along the Upper Zambezi River. A luxury cruise, on board the Ra-Ikane, features wildlife viewing opportunities and traditional dancers onboard. Take tours of Victoria Falls and enjoy some adrenaline-inducing activities such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping and canoeing.

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WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

April can be a real gem of a month to visit if you are not necessarily looking for that classic safari – this is the best month of the emerald season. Temperatures are pleasant, and the rains are beginning to ease.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

May is the beginning of the dry season, although the landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings can be surprising cool, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings can be surprising cool, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings can be surprising cool, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday temperatures are hot, morning temperatures are pleasant, though occasionally cool.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday temperatures are hot, morning temperatures are pleasant, though occasionally cool.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

Game viewing can be spectacular during October; however, temperatures continue to rise before the start of the rains, with midday temperatures over 40°C/104°F not uncommon. We suggest early morning starts during this time to make the most of the more pleasant temperatures!

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON

The first rains arrive, usually in the form of sharp afternoon showers. The temperatures remain very hot, while the humidity adds an additional level of discomfort. Game viewing can still be great, but just be prepared for a little heat. We suggest early morning starts during this time to make the most of the more pleasant temperatures!

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

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