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CHILO GORGE SAFARI LODGE

4 STAR

PRICE RANGE: US$215-$540 per person per night

Luxury Lodge | Gonarezhou

 

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  • Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is located in a magical setting on the edge of the Save River, overlooking Gonarezhou National Park, in the remote south east corner of Zimbabwe.  It is a boutique style venue with a passionate and holistic approach to conservation, hospitality and community.  Perched on the edge of a cliff, Chilo commands superb views up and down the wide Save River. The lodge is situated on a large private wildlife concession and is positioned along the eastern cliff edge of Chilo Gorge, just upstream of where the river fans out again and meanders on through a flatter landscape. Directly across the river is Gonarezhou National Park, where the lodge's guides conduct daily safari drives and walks.  This is Zimbabwe's second largest park, after Hwange, a truly pristine wilderness area. The lodge accommodation consists of 10 luxuriously appointed individual thatched chalets with twin or double king appointments that are sold on an all inclusive basis.  There are also self catering options at Chilo that comprise a further four chalets that share an extensive kitchen, as well as a family lodge that can sleep up to six people.

  • Here are a few special highlights found in Gonarezhou that we've picked out :-

    • Zimbabwe's second biggest National Park is exceptionally beautiful due to its wildlife, rolling topography, varied vegetation and large rivers
    • Chilojo Cliffs are a monumental sandstone feature towering over the Runde River creating an incredible backdrop
    • Large herds of Zebra, Eland, Kudu and Impala can be found all together in places
    • Natural inland waterways and open pans create havens for wildlife
    • Often seen Baobab trees grow to enormous sizes and record ages here
  • ROOMS

    • Each room is spacious and elegant without being fussy, with beautifully crafted dark wood furnishings contrasting with bright splashes of colour from the artfully arranged cushions and fabrics 
    • Ten individual king or twin bedded chalets under thatch that are sold on a fully inclusive basis, each with their own spacious balcony, mini bar, mosquito nets and ensuite bathroom
    • Four individual king or twin bedded chalets under thatch, sold as self catering units, each with their own spacious balcony, mini bar, mosquito nets and ensuite bathroom.  They share a central communal kitchen, eating area and swimming pool.
    • One family lodge under thatch that can sleep six people in a mixture of double and single rooms.  The family lodge has its own kitchen and braai making facilities.

     

    OTHER FACILITIES

    • The main lodge is under thatch and has been cleverly designed and decorated, in keeping with the surrounding enviroment, also making extensive use of unique furnishings crafted by the local Shangaan people. 
    • There are a number of different spaces and levels offering varied, yet equally impressive views.  There are indoor, as well as al fresco dining areas, extensive wooden deck areas, pool side seating, indoor lounges, one with a fireplace, an attractive bar and also a library with a working space.
    • The private verandahs are furnished with comfortable and inviting outdoor lounges, perfect for whiling away an afternoon with a pair of binoculars and chilled drink from the mini bar.
    • A safe is available to use
    • Tea and coffee making facilities
    • Dining Room
    • Swimming pool

     

    ACCESS

    Access is by road transfer, own vehicle (last 40km is slow going on rocky dirt road - 4x4 preferable) or air access (into Buffalo range and then transfer or Chilo's own airstrip - is 5 minutes drive from the lodge).

  • The following guests had this to say following their stay at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

    Peter and Marie Adamec from Czech Republic
    The beautiful scenery, perfect ambience and comfortable accommodation, great people!
     
    Nikke Pike from Harare, Zimbabwe
    It was incredible.  Wonderful place and we were very privileged to have Clive Stockil himself there as our guide.
     
    Nathalie from Paris, France
    The view from the lodge is simply stunning, one can have breakfast overlooking the river with 10 - 15 elephants slowly crossing the river, giving a bath to the little ones.
     
    Andreas from Salt Lake City, Utah
    Chilo Lodge is an oasis in the bush.  Beautifully appointed rooms, a masterful chef, superb guides, cheerful and accomodating staff make the Chilo Lodge experience memorable.
     
    Sherry from San Francisco, California
    Chilo is the perfect place to relax and contemplate.  Sitting on the deck overlooking the river, all you see and hear is nature, the flowing river, the trumpeting elephants, the singing birds.  It is truly paradise.
     
    Clemens from Kelkheim (Taunus), Germany
    The game drives were spectacular, elephants, kudus, zebras, giraffes, lots of birds. The highlight was a trip to the Chilojo Cliffs in the Gonareshou National Park - spectacular views. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, the guides very knowledgable. Food was good, service was excellent. 

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