I completely forgot to review this lodge. We went back in April of 2013. There are 2 parts to the lodge, the self catering and full board. We stayed in the self catering. We went with 2 other families, and they wanted to stay in the self catering area to save a little money....so we did the same so we could all be together. Now that we have been there, it would not have made a difference since the lodges are not that far from each other (all of them spread over 1km or so).
The self catering lodges share a common cooking and eating area, sitting area with views of the river, and pool. The lodges are the same in the self catering area as they are in the full board (I think the full board have refrigerators, and have been updated....but the self catering were scheduled for updating soon after we left).
The lodges were VERY nice. they have well appointed bathrooms, thatched roofs, wicker sides, and a wall of windows that can be opened up completely to views of the river. The lodges really give you a luxurious "African" experience.
We hired a cook for our group for less than $100 a day (if I remember correctly), and he did a great job of preparing the meals. My wife and I ate in the main lodge most nights (which is an option for self catering people), but we sampled most of the food. The food in the main lodge was very nice. It was not too expensive, had good portion sizes, and was very tasty.
The actual grounds are gorgeous. There is a boardwalk and paths that connect all the lodges and the main lodge. Everything is well kept and there was a lot of attention to detail when they built and renovated the property. The waiters are very nice and take good care of people...the same with the excursion guides.
They offer a lot of tours...but to be honest, the only thing we did was take advantage of the views from the balcony, relax around the main lodge, and did one trip up to the falls. It was such a nice place to rejuvenate...we felt no need to make it hectic in any way. It was the perfect vacation for us.
One thing to be aware of is the lodge is a ways in on a fairly good dirt road. There are some places that are a little rough, but we made it in 2 Subaru Foresters (one of them being a lowered STI) and a Nissan Petrol.
If you are planning a trip to this area, you will not be disappointed with Chilo Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Twin/KingOur 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.Nhambo Self CateringOur 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 that we offer.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. ... more less