Ilala Lodge Hotel Group has commenced construction of its four-star, luxury Palm River Lodge, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Matabeleland North Province, Richard Moyo, said: “Such expansion allows for the increased accommodation of various tourist activities which translates into an increase of our tourist arrival space. This project will also create a number of job opportunities for our people in the resort town of Victoria Falls and other supporting industries, like the transport sector, arts and music industry.”

Jim Brown, CEO of Ilala Lodge Hotel Group, added: “In addition to boosting tourism and employment within Victoria Falls, the $15 million investment marks a distinguished expansion for the Ilala Lodge Hotel Group. Given the continued growth of Victoria Falls as one of the premier destinations in Africa, we feel there is room in the market to offer another high-quality, luxury hotel for the discerning traveller.”

The lodge will have high ceilings, spacious verandas and Queenslander-style architecture, with floor space of approximately 8 000 square metres. 73 generously-sized deluxe rooms, a presidential suite, two honeymoon suites, and two private villas will be complemented by a spa, state-of-the-art gym facilities and an outdoor swimming pool.

Two dining experiences will be offered at the lodge: indoor à la carte fine-dining, and outdoor dining on the banks of the Zambezi River. Guests will also be able to enjoy luxury river cruises on board the Ra-Ikane, owned by the Ilala Lodge Hotel Group.

The lodge is scheduled for completion in June 2020.