The Save and Runde Rivers can now be crossed via 4×4 vehicles. This is particularly good news for our Nhambo Self Drive guests who now have direct access into the National Park from Chilo in their own vehicles. It also means that all our guests can access Machaniwa Pans and the top of the Chilojo Cliffs.
The wildlife experience for guests continues to be excellent with two leopard sightings in a week, and regular sightings of Buffalo, Elephant, Eland, Zebra, Warthogs, Kudu, Nyala, Water buck and Wildebeest herds. As ever, the birdlife never disappoints in Gonarezhou and, much to the delight of our guests, there are three ostriches currently at Machanu, one male and two females.
There have been wild dog sightings at Chamuluvati Causeway, Mahove, Chilojo Cliffs and in Pombadzi Wilderness area, with six dens located in the Park to date, which is very exciting. There have also been signs of lion activity around Tembwahata and Machaniwa Pans, Mahove and below the Chilojo Cliffs.
Since receiving TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014, guest reviews have continued to be extremely positive for which we are extremely grateful – regular visitors to Chilo commented that their recent trip to the Chilojo Cliffs “was the best ever”!
The Sabi Star’s (Adenium multiflorum) are currently in full bloom and adding some amazing colour to our gardens.
The different varieties of indigenous aloes at Chilo are starting to flower (a little late this year due to the amount of rain received this last season) and, when this occurs, the sunbirds are amazing.
Family Camping Weekend: Join us for the weekend of 11/12 August 2014 in our semi luxury tented camp, situated on the banks of the Runde River in Gonarezhou National Park, for a fantastic family safari experience.
Mahenye Festival: Join us at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge on the 27th and 28th September 2014, for the Annual MaChangana Culture & Arts Festival. The festival aims to promote the wealth and diverse traditions of the Shangaan, including music and dance, dress and beadware, food and traditional hunting methods, poetry and storytelling, home building, male and female initiations into adulthood and the Saila (annual fish drive).
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