Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Reviews of Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 4 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 4 of our travellers who have visited Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs R from Hants
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful Chilo Gorge and charging elephants

Chilo Gorge Lodge overlooks a stunning view of the Save River. We had 2 full days of excellent safari drives, going to Chilojo Cliffs on our first day and exploring other parts of Ghonarezhou NP on the second day. The scenery alone would make it worth while coming here, but the widely varied wildlife sightings were excellent too. A wide range of antelopes including Nyala and Sable, plus literally hundreds of elephants. Many of the groups had young calves and the adults were aggressive towards the vehicle causing a few exciting moments! We were lucky to come across a leopard in a tree at dusk. Excellent for birds.

We drove all day with no other vehicles in sight.

The lodge is smart and efficient with excellent food. It lacks the atmosphere of a bush camp but is comfortable and well equipped. We had to work quite hard to get a drink served before dinner which seemed odd! Our cabin had a wonderful river view and we woke to the roaring of hippos just below.

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N & J Lancs from UK
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge review

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N & J Lancs from UK
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge review

Lodge very nice with great views over river
Over 150 Elephants seen plus to of antelopes etc
Drive up to top of Chilo cliffs was spectacular
Over 145 different birds seen

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Dr W & Dr D from Leeds
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge review

The position of the camp was lovely, overlooking the river and the park. The lodge was very luxurious with excellent facilities, food and service.

We are really pleased we went there but if we are truly honest we were a bit disappointed with it as a wildlife experience compared to Mana Pools and Hwange. There had been three days of heavy rain just before we arrived which restricted the driving in the park so that not much was accessible to us. We were unable to get to see the Chilojo Cliffs except in the plane journey back to Harare.

The park had an interesting array of different habits and the very old baobabs were beautiful, especially as they were in leaf and flower. Of course we never saw another vehicle in the park, but one disadvantage of the low density of visitors is that the animals were not habituated and most ran in the opposite direction as we approached them. One exception to this were the elephants who have the reputation of being feisty. The matriarchs in the breeding herds were but the bulls were more laid back and we had some very special moments watching the males covering themselves with mud and dust.

Clive was not in camp while we were there, our guide was Sam.

The visit to the village was fantastic. We had taken some books, pens, pencils, footballs etc for the school so had a very special visit there and the visit to the clinic brought back all my happy memories of working as a junior doctor in Harare in 1986. We also visited one of the shops, watched the milling of grain and of course visited Mr Mutema from whom we bought a beautifully carved wooden wild dog and a cheetah.

As this camp was also very comfortable and the last of our holiday, we chose it to be our R&R so we did not go into the park very often in view of the restricted access within it. We had a good view of the river from our room balcony and as we were elevated we were at the same height as many of the birds which gave us wonderful bird watching.

In summary, the lodge was excellent but from our experience we would not go all that way again on future visits to Zimbabwe.

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