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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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27 reviews
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“Our favourite Zimbabwe lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

The setting, the service, the staff and the wildlife experiences all make this our favourite safari lodge in Zimbabwe. We simply cannot go there enough. Our recent visit with a large group of wildlife enthusiasts from the USA was simply superb. Crossing the Save River by boat (no mean feat for the person doing the poling) was an experience in itself. If you are an elephant fanatic like us then this is the place to go to for some very different experiences. And the birdlife is stunning. What added to our recent visit was a day trip to the amazing Chilojo Cliffs - a truly amazing sight. Our guests loved the afternoon visit to the clinic in Mahenye Village plus the opportunity to donate footballs and a range of other goodies for the local school. Now we are planning next years adventure to Chiol. A pity we can't get there again this year.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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ChiloGorgeTeam, Front Office Manager at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for bringing your group to stay with us. Your photos are wonderful. We look forward to hosting you again in 2015.
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

Wildlife, conservation, involvement and support of local people, great food, fabulous staff make this the best of the best in safari camps. Our group of 20 were treated like royalty and I can't recommend this experience highly enough

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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ChiloGorgeTeam, Front Office Manager at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
What a pleasure it was to host your whole group. We hope that you will be back again one day soon.
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Salussola
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2014

The 43 km of dirty road to get there are really worthwhile. You arrive in a little paradise, perfectly located just above river Save, you can hear elephant crossing the river every night. Rooms are nice, the lodge is very comfortable, John is an outstanding host and an even more outstanding guide. Safari experience is great, expecially the whole day safari to Chilojo Cliffs: the cliffs are outstanding but even more exciting are the meetings you have along the way, we saw wild dogs for the first time in 14 years of Africa!
Nadine is efficient and kind and everybody at the lodge is competent, prompt and kind.
Sundowner under the incredible african sky are unforgettable.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

Chilo Lodge is an oasis in the bush. Beautifully appointed rooms, a masterful chef, superb guides, cheerful and accommodating staff make the Chilo Lodge experience memorable. The main lodge on a river has a swimming pool, terrific views, both covered and outdoor dining. Trips in Goranerzhou National Park are fabulous for both the photographer and the lover of animals. The list is endless for herds of elephants and buffalo, impala by the thousands, Élan, Nyla, birds galore, giraffe and zebra as well as reptiles. Guides were incredible! They knew the area so well that there were sightings at almost every turn. Both jeep and walking safaris were available. Chilo Gorge is a Beautiful sight for sun downers and relaxing. A drive to Chilo Cliffs is an wildlife sighting experience as well as a lovely place to picnic. Visiting Chilo Lodge is a great way to support Zimbabwe and give yourself the gift of a fantastic experience. The head guide Thomas, is a wonder. Visiting the Mahenye Village was the perfect way to experience the bush and the way of life of the Santan people. They are an example of "it takes a village" to live cooperatively and fully. I recommend Chilo Gorge Lodge without hesitation.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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ChiloGorgeTeam, Owner at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
Thank you for your kind words Andrea. We are so glad you got to enjoy Chilo and Gonarezhou at such a 'green' time of year! It is a privilege for us to be able to provide a gateway to such a pristine wilderness and rich cultural experience. We look forward to welcoming you back! Best wishes from all of us at Chilo
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Thank you so much for hosting my folks at the lodge for their anniversary. Living out the country you made this booking an absolute pleasure to make. All my queries and requests were all handled with care and speed and for this I am grateful.

My parents said they had the most amazing time and that everything was just perfect, from the tours to the meals, and to just enjoying the lodge. They mentioned how helpful the staff all were and that they went out of their way to make their stay as comfortable as possible, please convey our thanks to them.

My dad has been emailing me countless photos of their stay at Chilo, they make my heart ache for Africa! I hope that when we are next in Zim, we will be able to visit too.

Kindest regards and best wishes

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChiloGorgeTeam, Front Office Manager at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for sending your parents to us and we are thrilled they had such a good anniversary. Hopefully we will see you and your family with sometime soon.
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Dear John and Nadine,
Thank you so much for such a great visit.
We thought Chilo Lodge was superb and the trip across into Gonarezhou was such an adventure. We loved every moment of it. The sundowner drinks at the Falls (looking for the bat hawk!?), the views and peaceful feel of the Lodge, the food, the bush, the staff, comfortable bed, super shower and the birding made it altogether a great stay. We look forward to visiting again as soon as Dave and I get a break from HAC. We have a 182 from the farm days so just hop into it whenever we need to get to the bush.
Hope you keep busy at the Lodge as it really is a good experience you serve up.
Warm regards,
Dave and Susan

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Harare, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

And Gonarezhou National Park and Chilo Gorge Lodge are a great place to come and find out for yourself. What a beautiful park - stunning alternating landscapes, with the Chilojo Cliffs as the breathtaking jewel in the crown. Animals everywhere, lots of healthy, shiny big game and hundreds of species of birds. And hardly a Homo Touristus in sight: during a 12-hour trip in the park, we saw two other small groups.

The lodge is beautiful and serene, surrounded by mature forest and set on a cliff overlooking the Save River. Lodge staff are extremely friendly, as one would expect in Zimbabwe, and the food is excellent. Lionel, our young guide, was an extremely knowledgeable and pleasant companion - Zimbabwe boasts the most extensive safari guide training programme in Africa. "The country’s wildlife guides, who are required to undergo a rigorous four-year certification process, are recognized as some of the best in the world" (Globe and Mail, Canada, 6 April 2013).

Chilo Gorge Lodge is the product of the country's first CAMPFIRE (Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources) project. CAMPFIRE promotes the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and preservation of the rich natural heritage of Zimbabwe through the generation of income for rural communities. Chilo Gorge Lodge has developed an excellent relationship with the local Shangaan community, of which Thomas, the Head Guide who grew up in the adjacent village, is a proud example.

Big thumbs up.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Address: Next to Gonarezhou National Park, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Masvingo Province > Chiredzi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Chiredzi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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 

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