Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Set high atop the cliffs, looking down on the Save River in southeastern Zimbabwe is Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Here, on the edge of the Gona-re-Zhou, Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park, guests can truly feel part of the untamed Africa. Also in this area are the majestic Chilojo Cliffs, which form an impressive backdrop to the meandering Runde River.

About Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Enjoying a magnificent location, perched high above the Save River overlooking Gonarezhou National Park, the Lodge has undergone a stunning and extensive refurbishment. 
 
Constructed in stone, thatch, ancient leadwood and teak, the Lodge blends effortlessly with its surroundings. Generous wooden decking areas create a spacious and serene viewing platform overlooking the Save River into Gonarezhou.
 
Whether you choose a refreshing dip or to relax on a pool lounger with a drink, the swimming pool is positioned perfectly with some of the best views in the Lodge. With the arrival of the cooler winter months, guests can enjoy story telling around the fire or curl up with their favourite book in one of the lounges.
 
At Chilo Gorge they are committed to maintaining the beauty of the pristine wilderness, the integrity of its native wildlife and to create an unrivalled safari experience for guests. Gonarezhou is blessed with authentic wilderness – guests rarely see another vehicle in the park, but can enjoy abundant and diverse wildlife, birdlife and flora in their natural environment. Gonarezhou means Sacred Totem of the Elephants in the local, Shona language and you can be sure to enjoy seeing this magnificent animal in a wonderful natural habitat.
 

Accommodation

All Inclusive Lodges
Our beautiful Luxury King/Twin Lodges are largely inspired by nature, but with a designer’s passion for elegance, simplicity and bespoke touches. Locally crafted intricate reed weaving, individually carved jacaranda headboards, luxurious cotton bedding and a mini bar have all been carefully chosen for your comfort and enjoyment. Each Lodge has its own private balcony offering spectacular views and the opportunity for you to relax, watching the multitude of river visitors, including our resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos. Chilo Gorge offers full board, luxurious accommodation for twenty guests in ten elegant lodges, all looking out over the Save River to the wild beauty of Gonarezhou. The main Lodge shares this view and provides a tranquil, breathtaking vantage point for guests to relax and truly feel at one with their natural surroundings.
 
Each Lodge provides:
  • Spectacular views
  • Private balcony and seating area
  • Mini bar
  • Tea & Coffee facilities
  • Mini-safe
  • En-suite bathroom with spacious shower and separate w.c.
  • Complimentary toiletries
Nhambo Self Catering Camp
The Self Catering Camp, Nhambo, provides guests with the option to be more independent whilst taking advantage of comfortable accommodation, panoramic views and access to the expertise, game drives and activities. Nhambo comprises four twin/double lodges, each sleeping 2 people. Each lodge has an en-suite bathroom (with shower and bath) and its own, private balcony. The double lodges share a kitchen, dining and barbeque area. There is also a plunge pool. For larger groups of friends and family, you may take all 4 lodges and enjoy the camp on an exclusive basis. The Family Lodge is spacious and private (with its own kitchen, garden and two bathrooms). It sleeps up to 6 people.
 

Dining

Create enchanting memories by dining with loved ones, on moonlit decking, with the sounds of the wilderness intermingling with conversation. Chilo Gorge provide a quality, all round dining experience, focussing on fresh, locally produced food in a beautiful setting. The cuisine is inspired by Africa’s diverse cultures, the bush and cosmopolitan influences.
 

Activities

The Chilo Gorge Guides are experienced, friendly and professional, offering expert local knowledge. They include Thomas Mutombeni and Clive Stockil, the founding father of Chilo, whose passion for the African bush and conservation has been recognised with numerous local and international awards.
 
Guests have a choice of activities, including:
  • Game Drives and Walks (cross the Save River to enter Gonerezhou National Park, best at dawn and dusk, explore on foot or by vehicle)
  • Chilojo Cliffs (excellent opportunities to visit these iconic cliffs)
  • Mahenye Village Cultural Visit (see the local Shangaan way of life and the benefits of the CAMPFIRE project)
  • Chivilila Falls (a 3 km walking trail direct from theLodge to a viewpoint for the roaring waterfalls)
  • Tembwehata Water Pan (a perfect spot for photography, bird and game viewing)
  • Enjoy sundowner cocktails on a sandbank in the Save River

The Community

The Lodge sits in the heart of a unique environment which has managed successfully to harmonise local communities, cultures, wildlife and responsible tourism, enabling each to thrive. The area surrounding the Lodge is home to the MaChangana (or locally called ‘Shangaan’) people, who settled there in the mid 19th Century. Enjoy the opportunity for an insight into the vibrant, unique traditions of the Shangaan people.