Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Situated on the boundary of the Gonarezhou National Park
Situated on the North Eastern border of the Gonarezhou National Park, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is without doubt one of Zimbabwe’s premier destinations. This amazing property which overlooks the Save (pronounced Sa-Veh) River has stunning views of wildlife and has been designed to give visitors maximum exposure to the wilderness whilst ensuring that each guest’s needs are catered for in very comfortable and wonderfully appointed rooms.
Every lodge sleeps two and has a verandah overlooking the Save River. The facilities at Chilo Lodge are excellent and the attention to detail in every room reflects the commitment of the management and staff. Each room has a balcony / deck, spacious en-suite bathroom, fan, fridge, mini bar, pure cotton linen, safe, shower, tea / coffee making facilities and hair dryer. For families there are two luxury rooms with an extended interconnecting balcony, which provides easy private access between the rooms for all the family.
The main lodge offers a bar, swimming pool, large gardens and patio area, relaxing lounges, gift shop, large function room which can be used for celebrations or conference centre and dining areas. Wifi is available around the reception area and thankfully the rooms do not have television.
For those who prefer to do self catering, there is Nhambo Lodge which offers excellent facilities and is very comfortable with spectacular views. Each lodge sleeps two and has its own en-suite bathroom and private balcony. There is a shared kitchen, a dining area, and a braai (BBQ) area, as well as a plunge pool.
In addition there is also the family lodge at Nhambo which sleeps up to six and is roomy and private with its own kitchen, garden and two bathrooms.
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge offers a variety of activities which includes: game drives; tours to the Chilojo Cliffs, guided walks; birding, swimming, cultural tours; fishing; photography; sundowners on the Save River beach or perhaps an overnight stay in the tented camp. For those people wanting to spend their time in front of a television, forget it…there aren’t any!
Each lodge is light and spacious, simple and elegant, yet with all the comforts of home. We used a handsome palette of natural materials, to provide you with a haven from the heat of the day, a place to rest and recoup, and to prepare for your next big adventure. For when you’re looking to spend time with other guests, the main lodge has everything you need; a shaded swimming pool, a sumptuous lounge, a library, a bar and dining room, all surrounded by beautifully tended gardens. Even here, at the heart of Chilo, the great African wilderness is never far away. You can watch our local elephants, hippos and crocodiles cooling off in the waters of the river from the viewing deck.
The all-inclusive luxury rooms sleep two, and come with a spacious en-suite bathroom complete with complimentary toiletries. A private balcony and seating area commands superior views, offering a serene space to unwind after a lively day. Other amenities include a mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, and a safe. One option for families is the two luxury rooms with an extended interconnecting balcony, which provides easy private access between the rooms for all the family.
The lodge is also an excellent venue for weddings or in which to host a conference and depending on numbers, exclusive use of the lodge, staff and facilities is offered. The lodge can accommodate 10 to 42 guests on a full board basis and bespoke itineraries for the entire party can be arranged for the entire stay.
“Chilo Gorge is truly a special place in a country full of special places! We had a wonderful stay here over a few days in early October. The lodge is beautifully designed and the location is spectacular, perched on a cliff overlooking the Save River, which allows you to do some pretty excellent wildlife viewing from the deck of the lodge or even from the deck of your room”.
“We have had a few wonderful holidays at Chilo and have so many happy memories from them. It is one of our best places to visit in Zimbabwe….The rooms are comfortable and clean with amazing views of the river and the gorge…. The meals were all healthy and delicious…. Whilst having breakfast you can enjoy wonderful views of the gorge watching the hippos, crocs, and animals coming to drink, and bird life….The three course dinners were always tasty with a choice of two dishes for the main. And eating under the stars by candlelight makes it really special”.
“We had the pleasure of the company of Clive Stockil and his wonderful team . Our walks, drives and river trips were full of great stories, game sightings and incredible views. Our sightings included a rare bat eared fox on a drive with Thomas, lion, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, wild dog,water buck,hippo, loads of elephants, wildebeest,impala, steenbok,and about 100 species of birds!”
“The magic of Chilo Gorge lies not only in its remote bush location, but the fact that it is operated by the most avid and respected conservationists in the region – arguably in the whole of Zimbabwe.”
“We stayed at Chilo Gorge for 4 nights … and absolutely loved every minute there! The view from the lodge and our room was stunning! The staff were unbelievable and really bent over backwards to help us out and accommodate our every need! Our guide Thomas was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the bush.”