Chilo Safari Lodge
Set on the banks of the Save River in a truly wild area away from the primary tourist circuits. The views are stunning, whether it is looking down the river from one of the many viewing spots or balconies within the buildings, or walking through the lovely gardens.
Local stone and wood form the core of this charming lodge which has large, airy windows and doors bringing the outside inside. With ten all-inclusive chalets and a spacious communal area, there are plenty of spots to relax and rejuvenate before and after experiencing the many activities that are on offer.
Food is locally sourced – fresh, wholesome and beautifully presented. Meals are an adventure from dinners on the viewing deck, to drinks on the beach or by the waterfalls. The Shangaan community take a joyous part in entertaining guests with vibrant and uncommercialised dances and songs.
A real highlight of visiting this lodge is spending time with the professional guides who not only showcase the excellent wildlife of the area but weave a background tale of the history of the Shangaan people and their lives in this vast wilderness.
Surrounding the accommodations are thousands of acres of trees including many baobabs, thorny scrub and red sandstone cliffs. Big cats, buffalo gathered around waterholes, hippo wallowing in the rivers and wild dog packs populate Gona-re-Zhou National Park. The Tembahata and Machanu Water Pans host a plethora of spectacular birdlife. The presence of the elephants is everywhere – on the ground and the vegetation as they travel along ancient elephant paths in search of food and water.
The main lodge is beautifully crafted out of local stone, thatch and ancient leadwood and teak wood. There is a bar with seating area, inside and outside dining areas. Upstairs there is a library, seating and viewing areas. Completing the communal facilities is a curio shop, swimming pool and air-conditioned conference room. The ten luxury thatched bedroom lodges have en suite bathrooms have private balcony's overlooking the Save River. Each room has complimentary toiletries, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities.
Excellent bird life
Pristine wilderness experience
Game drive and walks - half day or full day
Day excursion to Chilojo Cliffs
Tembwehata Water Pan visit
Excellent bird watching excursions
Chivilila Falls (2.5km walking trail direct from lodge)
Mahenye Village Cultural Visit
Sundowners on the Save River
Trish Nethersole Berry
Central to everything that happens at Chilo Safari Lodge is sustainability and conservation through a partnership with the local Shangaan community. The first CAMPFIRE programme (Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources), in Zimbabwe, was started here by Zimbabwean born Clive Stockil, founding father of the lodge. The programme has been a resounding success. Cameras have replaced guns and poachers, and the local people and visitors alike, have a massive appreciation for the animals living in this vast, wildly beautiful National Park. Clive was awarded the Prince William Award for Conservation in 2013, and to this day is an integral part of everyday life in the lodge.
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