Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge – Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe

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Escape to the untouched wilderness of Gonarezhou National Park during a stay at the luxurious Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, situated just on the edge of serenity on a gorge overlooking the Save River. This cliff-side haven allows guests to be immersed in one of Africa’s last remaining pristine wildernesses, all while enjoying all-inclusive rooms and your own private balcony with serene views of the bush.

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Located on the edge of the stunning wilderness of Gonarezhou National Park in South-East Zimbabwe, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge combines the luxurious with the wild of the bush. Guests have prime access to a park that is rarely visited, resulting in interactions with animals that are utterly authentic. Gonarezhou also means “place of the elephants”, and the park calls itself home to to over 8000 of them.

At Chilo Lodge, the outside has been expertly brought in to each of the 10 all-inclusive luxury rooms. Guests can enjoy spacious, simple, elegant designs that have all the comforts of home. Retreat to your room to escape the heat of the day and recoup for the next wild adventure.

And for those looking to mingle with other safari travellers, head to the main lodge to cool off in the pool, relax in the lounge or make use of the library, bar and dining room. The viewing deck also allows guests to marvel at the local elephants, hippos and crocodiles who are never too far from the river.

Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Barbeque Facilities
  • Conference Centre
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Laundry Service (Complimentary)
  • Library
  • Pool
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Secure Parking

Room Types

  • All-inclusive luxury king / twin lodges (10 rooms)

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Game walks
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Game viewing
  • Natural history tours
  • Cultural tours
  • Child-friendly activities

1 review for Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge – Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra Azevedo van Dyk

    Gonarezhou is one of Zimbabwe’s hidden gems, the park has been off the radar for quite some time but is gradually becoming the secret spot that safari lovers whisper about to their friends as one of the last truly remote and seldom frequented locations. Chilo Gorge has taken full advantage of this special location and offers an incredibly private safari experience. You can drive around for 2 days searching for wildlife without encountering any other vehicles or travellers. It is truly, truly wild here. The classic thatch, stone and wood lodge is found high on a cliff overlooking a gorge, providing the most magnificent views. Gonarezhou actually means “place of many elephants” and the lodge overlooks the river where you can see the elephants making their way down the cliff for a drink. The landscape here varies from winding rivers that converge on flat floodplains, to thick impenetrable forest, baobab shrublands and high red sandstone cliffs. Some evenings we would have dinner set up beautifully on the riverbanks and have the most amazing chats in this magical setting. The food was great and they were even able to fully accommodate one of the gluten-free guests with thoughtful and delicious meals.The legendary conservationist Clive Stockil is the founding father of Chilo Gorge, and is so interesting to talk to as his knowledge and passion is unparalleled. He grew up with the local Shangaan community and speaks the language fluently, and is a fierce proponent of combining conservation and community upliftment as he believes strongly that “for the local population to care about protecting wildlife, they have to benefit from wildlife”. The community focus of the lodge is thus very impressive and inspiring. I felt very privileged to be able to explore this area before the rest of the world realises what a gem it is.

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