Embarking on my journey to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, I found myself welcomed by the stunning Ilala Lodge Hotel. This gem of a hotel, a mere five minutes from the border, proved to be the perfect haven for my adventure.

Ilala Lodge had it all – accommodating staff, breathtaking scenery, and the convenience of being walking distance from the majestic Victoria Falls. The hotel offered a smorgasbord of on-site excursions, making it a one-stop-shop for anyone eager to explore the wonders around Victoria Falls. And if you fancy a taste of the nightlife, fear not – a short stroll from the hotel will lead you to vibrant restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Personally, my stay in Victoria Falls was all about relaxation and soaking in the awe-inspiring surroundings. I opted to unwind at local restaurants, indulged in shisha at a daytime club, and savored delightful dinners at Ilala Lodge Hotel itself. The hotel’s prime location allowed me to bask in the beauty of Victoria Falls without venturing too far.

Speaking of excursions, Victoria Falls is a hotspot for adventure. Sure, they might dent your wallet a bit, but the experience is worth every penny. From adrenaline-pumping activities to serene nature walks, the options are endless.


Navigating the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe added an extra layer of excitement. As an American traveler, the choice between a one-way visa and a 30-day multiple-entry visa awaited me. My recommendation? Opt for the 30-day visa; you never know when you’ll want to hop between the Livingstone and Victoria Falls sides for excursions, hotels, or dining experiences. Cash is king at the border, and having the correct change can be a game-changer, especially when dealing with potential lines.

For seamless border crossings, connect with a knowledgeable taxi driver who collaborates with a counterpart on the other side. Trust me; it’s a game-changer.

So, fellow adventurers, when your next journey takes you to the roaring wonders of Victoria Falls, heed these notes: secure that 30-day visa, make Ilala Lodge Hotel your home away from home, and prepare to be enchanted by the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. It’s a trip you won’t soon forget.


Ilala Lodge Hotel