Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

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Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Incredible cliff-top setting overlooking Gonarezhou National Park
  • Game drives, walking safaris and hiking plus river activities in season
  • Dramatic, unspoilt landscapes with barely another visitor
  • Heavyweight game viewing of elephants, buffalo, rhino and hippo
  • Wide range of predators including big cats, wild dogs, cheetahs, raptors and crocodiles
  • Superb bird watching with over 400 recorded species
  • Add a 3-night camping safari in Gonarezhou

Activities

  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Local village visits
To truly complete a Zimbabwe Circuit, Gonarezhou National Park is a necessity and to this end Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge offers excellent value for money, an unusual array of activities and unparalleled guiding all within an otherworldly and glorious setting.
Justin Chapman

Justin Chapman

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Rooms

Luxury Room

Each with splendid views over the Save River and its animals, the 10 suites at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge are classic thatch-and-canvas creations, spacious inside and split over two levels. The sunken bedroom can be made up with a double or twin beds while the en suite bathroom has a walk-in shower and a separate toilet. The bed is swathed in netting and the room is well furnished, and decorated in local Shangaan motifs. There is an electronic safe, a tea-and-coffee station and a well-stocked mini-bar.

Step outside onto your private deck where you find a pair of comfortable chairs and a view over unspoilt Gonarezhou – be sure to keep your binoculars and camera at hand.

Other Rooms

Chilo Gorge Lodge also has Nhambo Camp, set a short distance from the main lodge. Nhambo has four self-catering double chalets and a family chalet that sleeps up to six people. Complete with its own plunge pool, barbecue area and fully equipped kitchen, Nhambo is a great option for a multi-generational family or group of friends travelling together and looking for a more independent experience. Guests at Nhambo need not cook for themselves: they can simply join guests at Chilo Gorge for meals.

Facilities

Sited to take advantage of the amazing views, the main lodge at Chilo Gorge is where you will find the bar, indoor dining and lounge areas as well as a boutique and library. The lodge has complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and battery recharging stations for electrical devices. You also have the convenience of a complimentary laundry service.

Thatched and made of stone and timber like all the buildings at Chilo Gorge, the main lodge flows outside onto broad wooden decks with postcard views of the rolling savannah below. There are sun loungers scattered around a swimming pool, seating areas and places to set up a table for lunch or dinner.

Families with younger children will be interested to learn that Chilo Gorge has children’s beds, cots and toys available as well as highchairs for mealtimes.

Dining

You can look forward to three great meals a day at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, served at individual tables inside the main lodge or outside on the viewing deck depending on the weather. Breakfast is a buffet of cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts and home-baked pastries as well as traditional hot items like bacon, sausages and eggs cooked to order.

Accompanied by local beers and South African wines, lunch and dinner give you a choice of several dishes and always with a vegetarian option. Expect a light lunch – salads, quiches, grilled chicken and fish – and a grand, candle-lit 3-course dinner. The kitchen at Chilo Gorge can cater for most dietary provided prior notice is given.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Swimming Pool

Amenities

  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor area
  • Safe in room
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • En-suite shower only
  • Mosquito net

Rates

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  • 2019-08-01 - 2019-10-30

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  • 2019-08-01 - 2019-10-30

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All inclusions

4 nights accommodation on a fully inclusive plus board basis

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Dates Board Price
2019-04-01 — 2019-10-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $595
2019-11-01 — 2019-12-31 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $480

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
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