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See the spray of Victoria Falls from your terrace at Ilala Lodge

Dining under the stars, listening to the rumble of the forest and seeing the ‘smoke’ from the Falls gives you a real sense of place…

By Jane Msamba
Deputy General Manager, Ilala Lodge Hotel

Even though I’ve worked here for 25 years, I never tire of the sound of Victoria Falls. I can walk there in 10 minutes from Ilala Lodge and, for me, each visit is like the first time. In the rainy season the spray is visible from almost anywhere at the hotel.

The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of Ilala Lodge and it’s just a short walk into town for shopping and dining. All of our 73 rooms face the garden and it’s not unusual to see grazing warthog, hippo and even an elephant herd from your balcony.

The hotel is family run and we pride ourselves on our personalised service. Not surprisingly we get a lot of repeat guests, who enjoy coming back to the same room. Our family rooms face the Falls and we have a dedicated pool and kids’ menus. There are lots of activities on offer and cruises on our traditional river boats are very popular. We offer breakfast, lunch and sunset cruises and guests sometimes charter them for a special occasion.

Our fine-dining restaurant, The Palm, is one of the town’s most popular restaurants and it does a magnificent breakfast for our guests. The setting, overlooking the garden, is beautiful. Dining al fresco, under the stars, listening to the rumble of the forest and seeing the ‘smoke’ from the Falls gives you a real sense of place.


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Alfred & Jane Msamba

Born in Zimbabwe, Jane began working with Ilala Lodge Hotel as a senior cashier in 1995. She has worked her way through the ranks from Junior Tours Consultant to Tours Manager and this year took up the role of Deputy General Manager of the hotel. Happily married with three children, Jane has recently become a proud grandmother. She lives in Victoria Falls with her husband and the couple is passionate about wildlife.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Zimbabwe. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the ranger who can show you the best game viewing and fishing spots on the Zambezi, the guide who’ll introduce you to ‘moonbows’ at Victoria Falls and the locals who’ll share their dinner with you.

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