Located on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to the falls and to the town center.
The lodge offers twenty-six standard rooms with two twin beds, six standard double rooms with one king bed, twelve deluxe double rooms, two standard suites and two executive suites, each with its own en-suite bathroom. Each room is decorated with railway teak furnishings and includes satellite television, air conditioning and overhead fan. The bathrooms come with a sink, a flush toilet, bath, and shower. For added privacy and relaxation, French doors open from each room to a lawn or balcony with a view of the Victoria Falls. The executive suites also come with a separate lounge area separated from the bedroom by a sliding glass door.
Since the lodge borders the Victoria Falls National Park, wild animals often graze on the hotel lawn, while the distant crash of the falls provides a background to all activities at the lodge. Within the park, guests are likely to encounter herds of elephant, impala, waterbuck, and hippo as well as predators like lions, leopards, and wild dogs. Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders. It straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. While Victoria Falls is neither the tallest nor widest waterfall in the world, its claim as the largest waterfall is based on its combination of width and height. Together, the two create the earth’s largest sheet of falling water. For decades, the falls have become increasingly popular with the newly built Victoria Falls Town and Victoria Falls Bridge.