Chilojo Bush Camp


Practical. Comfortable. Relaxed

Chilojo Bush Camp is a seasonal tented camp, which is operated on an exclusive booking basis and requires a minimum group of four adults for a minimum stay of three nights.

Our aim is not to provide a luxury hotel in the bush, but a comfortable, private retreat from which to appreciate the true wilderness qualities of Gonarezhou which is one of the park's greatest attractions.

Owing to the camp being booked on an exclusive basis means you will have the entire camp to your group, allowing for all activities, meals and day-to-day plans to be dictated by yourselves rather than fitting into a rigid routine. Being lightweight and mobile in nature means one has to forgo some of the luxuries of a permanent safari camp, however, that said this does not mean that our camping style is basic by any means.

Attention to detail ensures your comforts are adequately taken care of and none of the important necessities have been overlooked – comfortable beds, hot showers and clean ablution facilities, freshly prepared wholesome meals and a good selection of hot and cold beverages are all provided.

The camp can sleep a maximum of ten guests, in five specially customized en-suite Meru style tents. Each tent is fully carpeted and has two regular size single beds fitted with cotton linen, a bedside table and a wardrobe. Outside the front veranda are two chairs and a small table whilst immediately behind the tent are en-suite loo & shower facilities and a vanity table with twin hand basins.

We provide solar lighting in the tents and at night Consol solar lamps illuminate the pathways between the tents and the main mess area.

The main mess area is a large open sided tent where most meals are served unless we are having a bush-breakfast or picnic. In the early evening, after drinks and snacks have been enjoyed around the fire, dinner is taken by candlelight in the mess or out under the stars.

Engaging. Exciting. Educational.

As we operate our camp on an exclusive booking basis, our aim is to offer a private, close to nature wilderness experience where each group has the undivided attention of the entire camp's staff and guides. We encourage our guests to touch, feel, smell and taste the bush so if you prefer to observe 'nature' from the seat of a vehicle rather than from your own two feet then you’ve come to the wrong place.

Days spent in Chilojo Bush Camp typically involve an early wake up call followed by a light breakfast after which we depart camp by vehicle or on foot. Our mornings are almost always spent exploring this wonderful wilderness area on foot whilst the afternoons are best spent driving a little further afield and finding somewhere scenic to watch the world go by.

A day with us may include tracking lions, painted dogs, a herd of buffalo or a giant tusker; or quiety watching and old bull stripping a Baobab tree or catching a tiger fish at sunset.

Owing to park regulations requiring us to be back in camp half an hour after sunset, we are not permitted to night drive and are therefore in camp shortly before nightfall.

This leaves sufficient time to freshen up with a hot shower under the stars before meeting around the campfire for pre dinner drinks and time to reflect on the day’s events before being seated for dinner.

Fast Facts

Maximum no of guests:

10 guests

Child policy:

Children of all ages are welcome

Triples or Quadruples:

Yes, tents have space for addition of 2 bedrolls for children


5 twin tents

Malaria area:

Yes - but risk is generally very low between April and November when the camp is operational

Ablution facilities:

Each tent has en suite ablution facilities which comprise bucket showers and composting toilets.


Yes – we can do limited amounts of laundry as a complimentary service

Distance between tents:

Approximately 10 metres

Airstrip Co-ordinates:

hddd°mm’ss.s” S 21° 14’.51.4” E 031° 54’23.2”

Length/service of airstrip:

1100m which is long enough for a King Air 200


We have limited 220v charging facilities

Guide accommodation:

Yes - we can accommodate two additional private guides


We operate the camp from 1st April – 30th November


We have a satellite phone in camp, vhf radios in our vehicles and portable vhf radios are taken on walks


Walks, Game Drives, Fishing, Swimming