Sustainability and conservation are central to everything at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, and the understanding that the local community is vital to protect the park. The first CAMPFIRE programme (Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources) in Zimbabwe was started here, and its principles have since been replicated across Africa and the rest of the world. Clive Stockil, founder of Chilo Gorge, was integral in this programme and in recognition of his unswerving commitment, Clive was awarded the Prince William Award for Conservation in 2013.
Chilo offers a wonderful base from which to explore the untouched Gonarezhou National Park. It is one of Africa’s last remaining pristine wildernesses where the animals are in their most natural state. This is a country of red sandstone, thorny scrub and baobabs. Buffalo gather at watering holes, big cats prowl silently in pursuit of painted impala, hippo wallow midstream attended by squadrons of fluttering birds. The presence of elephants is everywhere; on the earth and the vegetation, as their families travel along routes passed from one matriarch to another in search of food, safety, and water. A panorama of birdlife gathers at Tembahata and Machanu Water Pans, a flying, wading tumult of colour, while the wonders of Chilojo Cliffs and Chivilila Falls reveal the glories of the unique landscape. Truly worthwhile a visit whilst on Safari in Southern Africa.
Location: On the edge of the Gonarezhou National Park. Road transfers from Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, and Chiredzi, or private air charter to the airstrip – Mahyene.
Number Rooms: 10 rooms
Room Features: En suite bathroom with spacious shower and separate toilet and complimentary toiletries, private balcony and seating area with views over the Save River and Gonarezhou National Park, mini bar, tea and coffee station, safe
Other Features: bar and seating area, inside and outside dining areas, upstairs viewing area and library, curio shop, swimming pool, air conditioned conference room
Activities: Game Drives and Walks, Day Excursions to Chilojo Cliffs, Tembwehata water pan, bird viewing, Chivilila Falls Viewpoint, Mahenye Village Cultural Visit, Sundowner cocktails on the Save River
Child Policy: Children of all ages are welcome
Season: Open all year