Ilala Lodge Boutique Hotel is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls, making it the perfect spot from which to embark on a voyage of discovery in one of Africa’s favourite tourist destinations. Here, historical sites, culinary experimentation and a host of activities in pristine natural surroundings are within your reach. Wild animals, such as warthog and impala, often graze on the hotel lawns and restaurant diners can see and hear the majestic roar of “the smoke that thunders” in the background.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular touristtown is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of theworld, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean sideand, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseerswith plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls inhelicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day tripsto Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as aneclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfullywelcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.Day ItineraryOvernight: Victoria Falls Safari ClubBuilt on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majesticVictoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience.We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 21 consecutive years and lookforward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure yourholiday is hassle-free.Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Ourrooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observeherds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.DiningDining options include the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma–Dinner& Drum Show. The Boma Café, set ina tranquil garden setting and located close to the Lokuthula Lodges, offersbreakfast and light meals until 4.30pm
RaIkane Sunset Cruise
Enjoy a brief history of the river with a cocktail in hand as you set out on the Sunset Cruise. Snack on delicacies fromthe high tea selection, as well as other delectable snacks, and be treated to any of the thirst-quenching beveragesfrom the fully-stocked bar, while you take in the wild Zambezi
A choice of an Elephant Back Safari OR a Lion Walk OR a 12/13 min Helicopter flight over The Falls. A Guided Tour of The Falls (Zimbabwean side), including transfers. One Dinner and Entertainment at The Boma Place of Eating and drum show
Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour.Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours areextremelyinformative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.
The Boma Restaurant
The Boma–Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing intraditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavishfeast, including irresistible desserts.On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which thetantalizing aromas of local dishes andgame meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially opento the star-filled African sky.Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, arange of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts. Vegetarian options are alsoavailable, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach.You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizinginteractive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening
Lion Walking is a once in a lifetime activity. Accompanied by guides and handlers, you will meet young cubs in the bush, and watch as they learn, explore, play and generally just act as any lion cubs do! It’s an opportunity to learn about the species as well as get some fantastic photosand memories!
Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience
Let the flight tell you the story of how the vegetation disperses itself to share sunlight a nd water. How the river craned a path across the world and how when the sun bounces off the surface of the water leaving behind a speck of light, so it appears there are a thousand diamonds glittering on the mighty river’s back.
Elephant Interaction is a 20minute interaction with elephants. The experience includes a short introductory talk on safety and an introduction to the animals by a trusted wildlife guide.
Flight of the Angels Helicopter Experience (Zimbabwe)
To put the Victoria Falls into true perspective, they must really be seen from the air. The sheer size and grandeur ofthe spectacle becomes all the more clearer from above. The huge Zambezi River flowing slowly south as the waterspreads across the full width of a great rent in the earth before crashing over the lip in a burst of spray and thensqueezing into a narrow, foaming, blast of water rushing down the zigzag funnel of the gorges
A Full Day Chobe National Park Safari. One 7 course Dinner at the iconic Livingstone Room at the Victoria Falls Hotel, including transfers.
Chobe Day Trip
The ultimate safari experience unfolds on a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana, which boasts the world’slargest elephant population. Thegame cruise on the Chobe River brings you close to brilliant bird life, pods ofwallowing hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephants in their sheer number. The afternoon land-based safari headsdeeper into the Park to spot the elusive big cats that call Chobe their home
Enjoy dinner and dancing in the elegant Edwardian Livingstone Room,with classic a la carte and tables d'hotemenus. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotel's style of grandeur and opulence, the dress codehas been relaxed for the convenience of the guest. A fine selection of wine and liqueurs are available. Maximumseating capacity of 120 pax
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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