Posted by admin on Friday, February 21st, 2014
Set right next to the majestic Victoria Falls, the Ilala Lodge Boutique Hotel is in the perfect position for you you to make the most of your holiday. It is near to all the main activities in the area, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time travelling from place to place.
Life in Victoria Falls can be as activity-packed or as laid-back as you like, with a wealth of activities to choose from. If you feel like taking in some culture, why not while away an afternoon in the Larry Norton Art Gallery, not far from Ilala Lodge? This exhibition of Norton’s award-winning wildlife art is a permanent fixture of the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Posted by admin on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
On your next visit to Victoria Falls, step back in time at the Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm for a day trip with a difference. A visit to the croc farm appeals to those that are young at heart, children, nature lovers and anyone looking for something a little different form the adrenalin-inducing activities surrounding the Falls.
Here you can safely stroke one of these dangerous reptiles, albeit a baby one, and even take one home, in the form of a stuffed souvenir from the on-site curio shop. The main attraction at this establishment is the full size version though, and here you can enjoy their antics from a close, yet safe distance and get to see those snapping jaws in action at feeding time.
Crocodile’s are interesting creatures. What they lack in beauty, they more than make up for in survival skills, and …
Posted by admin on Friday, November 15th, 2013
The Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) was founded by Charles Brightman, with the backing of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, in 1999, and now includes backing from many other lodges such as Ilala Lodge. Since then, they have made considerable inroads into the removal of snares from the Zambezi National Park.
Apart from this tangible aspect of their work, the VFAPU has made huge strides in educating the local community in the long-term benefits of conserving the region’s natural resources. Tourists can to learn more about his important organisation, and give something back, by taking part in the excursions offered by the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit. A guided safari with a difference, this outing takes place in the Zambezi National Park and gives participants a ‘backstage’ view of the operations of the park.
For starters, clients are given a brief introduction to the VFAPU, its mission statement, history, challenges and …
Posted by admin on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Up until 2000, Zimbabwe was home to top professional guides and a diverse range of animals in varied habitats, making it a great destination for the safari tourist. Unfortunately political strife and rising poverty have eroded this natural bounty, placing the country’s wildlife at serious risk.
Poaching is a world-wide problem and is on the increase, with many animals hunted for trophy value or slaughtered for their body parts which fetch huge sums on the black market.
The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit is one of the organisations involved in the daily grind of nature conservation. Established in 1999 by Charles Brightman, a local safari operator, and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, VFAPU deals with three different types of poaching:
Subsistence Poaching is the result of poverty and the hunting tradition of locals in the Victoria Falls area. Animals caught in this way are either …
Posted by admin on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
The one thing you will need during busy days of adventure activities, safaris and sightseeing in Victoria Falls is sustenance. Of course you will be able to avail yourself of the usual fare from a variety of fast food chains, but is there isn’t much point in ruining your African adventure with meals you could have at home.
Instead, opt for the unique local eateries in Victoria Falls where you really will find something to write home about. Zambezi Bream will be found on most respectable menus in the area and you can also go wild with crocodile dishes or ostrich bolognaise sprinkled with emmental cheese. The Palm Restaurant, at Ilala Lodge Hotel, offers all three of these options, with the added benefit of smacking your lips alongside their sparkling swimming pool. Finish off with a serving of peanut brittle and cranberry cheesecake to add the punctuation mark to a unique …
Posted by admin on Friday, September 27th, 2013
At the turn of the century in 1901, the “bridge across the Zambezi where the trains, as they pass, will catch the spray of the Falls” was the brainchild of Cecil John Rhodes in his role as chairman of Rhodesia Railways. A daring engineering proposition that would link Zimbabwe and Zambia by rail, across the great Victoria Falls.
Location and proclamations
There were strong objections and proclamations that to build the bridge so close to such a natural wonder was an act of engineering vandalism. George Hobson the designer of the bridge whilst acknowledging the objections, agreed with Rhodes vision however, and dismissed the suggestion of alternative sites and construction was underway by 1904. Despite the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the choice to continue with this location was not purely for sentimental reasons, as the alternative location further upstream …
Posted by admin on Monday, August 12th, 2013
After a long absence, Air Zimbabwe has resumed its flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. The reasoning behind this is the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisations 20th general assembly, which is to be held in Victoria Falls and Livingston during August this year, and is certain to increase traffic between these airports. Air Zimbabwe has also noticed an increase in demand for flights between these two destinations with the advent of their Cruising Altitude promotion.
By means of this promotion, the airline has slashed ticket prices by up to 60% in an effort to attract passengers and combat the rising costs of driving versus flying. In addition, Air Zimbabwe has put a number of measures in place to increase the cost effectiveness of its service. These include the introduction of smaller, more modern aeroplanes for domestic flights and the replacement of …
Posted by admin on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Honoured as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE – 22 MAY 2013 – ILALA LODGE today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“Ilala Lodge is thrilled to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Martin Vaughan, General Manager at Ilala Lodge. “This is …
Posted by admin on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
The Victoria Falls are one of the most beautiful and impressive natural wonders on earth, with thousands of litres of water cascading each minute to produce a waterfall that has no equal. A trip to the falls offers many opportunities to view this wonder of nature, and for those thrill-seeking travellers who want to experience the power of the falls first-hand, a number of Victoria Falls adventures are on offer.
Batoka Gorge forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is known for its abundant wildlife and bird life. Travellers who want to feel the wind in their hair can take advantage of the jet boating facilities offered at the gorge, combining scenic beauty and the thrill of water sports in one.
The jet boat was first manufactured in New Zealand and is specially designed for use in rivers and gorges. With …
Posted by admin on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
A Vic Falls Bunji experience is not on everyone’s to-do list but if it’s on yours then you really are in for an experience of a lifetime. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means the Smoke that Thunders, seems like one of the most spectacular venues for a Bunji jump.
When doing a Vic Falls Bunji it is important to be aware that the bridge where the Bunji takes place is considered ‘no man’s land’ and therefore, you need to get a Bridge Visit gate pass, which only allows you to do the Bunji and then leave from the same gate you entered – you cannot enter Zambia or Zimbabwe with this pass.
In order to do a Bunji jump you need to be over the age of 14 years old and weigh more than 40kg but less than 140kg. Passports need to be presented …