Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is truly a one-of-a-kind destination: set on cliffs above the swirling Save River, it looks out over Gonarezhou National Park, rated as one of the most dramatic reserves in Africa. Deep in southern Zimbabwe, this is an otherworldly landscape of giant ‘upside-down’ baobab trees, jagged escarpments and thorny savannah patrolled by eagles and vultures. It is big game country and home to elephants, buffalo, predators and rhino as well as the impressive river creatures like hippo and crocodile. Rare animals such as wild dog and cheetah find a haven here and it is a fantastic bird-watching destination.
Driven by the principles of community-led conservation and resource sustainability, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge makes the ideal base for safari travellers looking to explore this ‘forgotten corner’ of Zimbabwe and give back to the environment too. The lodge has 10 suites, all with fabulous views and plenty of comforts to make you feel at home. Families with children of all ages are welcome (a pair of suites are connected to make a larger family unit) and the lodge goes the extra mile to accommodate and entertain the younger ones. There is a swimming pool, views of wildlife drinking at the river below and Internet connectivity to catch up with news from home.
Morning and afternoon game drives are highly recommended – the guides at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge are especially knowledgeable – and you can also go on a guided walking safari in Gonarezhou. If you have the time, head into the park for a 3-night tented camp safari - an activity sure to stay in your memory for years to come. Other day excursions take you to tumbling waterfalls, local villages and, when the water is high enough, onto the Save River for sundowner cocktails. Recommended for seasoned safari travellers, adventurous couples and families and wildlife-lovers, Chilo Gorge combines well with Zimbabwe’s other highlights – Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.