Picture this. You’re in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, so you’re saturating yourself in all the activities the town has to offer. But despite all the excitement and adrenalin stampeding through your system, you want somewhere peaceful to retreat to at the end of the day. Ilala Lodge Victoria Falls is perfect, just a short walk away from the Falls, but serene and unruffled.
When you stay at one of the Victoria Falls lodges like Ilala Lodge, talk to the friendly folk at the activities desk to help you choose from the multitude of activities on offer in this buzzing little tourist town.
A must is to see the Victoria Falls and the natural rainforest that surrounds them. The total width of the five separate waterfalls is 1.7km and although the Main Falls isn’t the highest or biggest on the planet, it does hold the record for the world’s highest, widest sheet of continually falling water.
The rain forest is home to more than 400 species of plant and birds like trumpeter hornbills, turacos, sunbirds and waxbills. If you’re lucky you may spot some monkeys, baboons or that Bambi of the rain forest, a bushbuck. Make sure you take a plastic bag to protect your camera or phone, especially in the wet season (November to April) when the spray is so dense it’s like being out in the pouring rain.
Other fun activities the folk at Ilala can arrange for you at Victoria Falls include white-water rafting (only from August to early January when river levels are low), canoeing, horse trails, seeing the Falls from above in a microlight or on a short helicopter flip, and of course the 111m-high bungy jump from the historical bridge built in 1905.
For a more sedate day of activities, ask about the historic bridge tour, a cultural village tour or a game drive to the Zambezi National Park on the edge of town. If you have more time, a day-trip across the border to Chobe National Park in Botswana is always rewarding.
Relax at Ilala Lodge
After a morning or full day of thrills, come back to Ilala Lodge to relax and recharge.
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