COVID-19 PCR testing, at your convenience at Ilala Lodge Hotel
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By Ilala Lodge on June 2, 2021
Where can I get a Covid-19 PCR test in Victoria Falls?
The answer is here, on-site at Ilala Lodge Hotel.


Ilala Lodge Hotel facilitates a fast and reliable PCR testing service, available for all in-house guests who require PCR tests for onward travel. The service includes same-day results for tests completed before 12h00.

Guests can begin the hassle-free process by contacting the Ilala Lodge Hotel reception. Our friendly and helpful team will make arrangements with one of our trusted local laboratories, who will visit the hotel and carry out necessary testing at a convenient time.

The testing procedure takes no longer than 30 seconds once the paperwork has been filled out – allowing guests to get back to touring the Victoria Falls rainforest or enjoying a Zambezi River Cruise.

For same day PCR results, local laboratories recommend that testing is completed by 12h00. If testing is completed after 13h00, results will be available the next day by 11h00 at the latest. The cost for this convenient testing service at Ilala Lodge Hotel is US$ 70* per person.

Ilala Lodge Hotel can also assist with pre-arrangements for guests needing Covid-19 PCR testing upon arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport. The waiting period for the test results at the airport is roughly 3-4 hours. However, we advise that all guests aim to have a negative Covid PCR test certificate before arriving to reduce waiting time. Guests who have received vaccines must carry proof, and still require a negative PCR test upon arrival. (Valid at time of writing).

Staff continue to follow Covid safety protocols 

All front of house staff at Ilala Lodge Hotel have received their first and second Sinopharm vaccinations since the Victoria Falls Covid-19 recovery programme began on Monday 22nd March 2021.

Image of our senior management with their Covid-19 vaccination badges
All front of house staff members have been fully-vaccinated

We are committed to protecting guests during their stay, while also monitoring the wellness of our team. We follow all necessary Covid-19 safety procedures including, wearing masks when in contact with colleagues and guests, sanitisation in front and back of house, temperature checks on arrival and social distancing.

One of our recent guests shared their experience of our Covid-19 protocols and PCR testing arrangements on TripAdvisor:

“From the generous welcome (Covid protocols in place) to the well-appointed, luxurious rooms, genuinely attentive staff, delicious and varied meals, ice-cold beverages, proximity to The Victoria Falls and the town centre to an efficient checkout – not a single negative except that I had to leave. The hotel even organised the Covid testing nurse to come to the site to conduct the test. Would whole absolutely recommend Ilala Lodge!!!!” -; JLR

For more information, on Covid-19 travel advice and information, view our Covid Health & Safety Protocols.

*Costs subject to change depending on laboratory costs.


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