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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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Perth, Australia
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is as good as the previous reviews suggested The staff are all very attentive and the food was outstanding . Not only good food but healthy as well. The value fur money here is without doubt and the drives led by Michael were very interesting and informative. We were lucky enough to see 4 of the big 5... More 

Thank june11660
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our stay at ToroYaka surpassed all our expectations The quality of the accommodation,the cleanliness,the crispness of the bed linen , the attention to detail was exceptional The quality and presentation of the food was outstanding. The two BOMA evenings will be forever etched in our memories as will eating in such a romantic location Nicole was a truly great host... More 

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1 Thank Graciethecat
Frankfurt, Germany
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went to Toro Yaka for 3 nights, and frankly we both wished we would have stayed longer. Everything about it is just wonderful. Nicole is kind, friendly, attentive and warm. Qualities that immediately make you feel comfortable and at ease around her. She is there to welcome you when you arrive, along with other members of... More 

2 Thank sarita1312016
Sao Paulo, SP
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98 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfection is the word to define a stay at this lovely lodge. Besides the charming place itself, full of details that make you feel in the heart of Africa, everything there is about spoiling the guests. From details like Nicole being at the entrance every time one comes back from a game drive to the fact that they wash your... More 

2 Thank Nora2012_12
Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second stay at he lodge and that says a lot because I rarely go back to the same place. This time we came as a family of 5. What a wonderful place. From the welcome to the final goodbye everything was just perfect. Nicole and her staff are so warm and friendly, nothing is too much trouble... More 

Thank snowbec
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place! All the positive reviews speak for themselves. The lodge, the hosts, the food & the ambience are perfection. If you are planning a trip to Balule, this is definitely the place to stay.

Thank GillClark
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79 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How you get welcomed to Nicole and her crew is already really good. First a little welcome drink and some information. The rooms are amazing. A shower in and outside :) The swimming pool is not really big but perfect for by this accommodation. Great to see the sunset when you are in the swimming pool. The game drives are... More 

1 Thank VeniVidiAmavi2015
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Toro Yaka means 'my dream' and it certainly was, I can't think of anything they could do better because everything was just perfect. Steve and Nicole the owners could not have been more welcoming and friendly, I loved the fact that after each game drive, they were waiting with the dogs to welcome us back and shared our excitement at... More 

1 Thank shutterbabe2008
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I can't really expand on the title. Toro Yaka is absolutely fantastic in every way. Fantastic wildlife. Fantastic place. Fantastic staff and absolutely amazing food. Would go back tomorrow if I got the chance.

Thank Brunerrs
Lugano, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2016

When I chose Toro Yaka for my stay among the many alternatives the Reserve of Balule offers, I only had on hand the impressive reviews on TA. Now I know why they have so many returning guests and I hope I will be part of them soon. Despite the signs of human presence, the reserve of Balule is a lovely... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Owner/Manager team Steve & Nicole Baillie would like to invite you to visit Toro Yaka Bush Lodge. This special lodge is nestled in the heart of the Balule Nature Reserve, a 38 000 hectare conservancy, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park area. ToroYaka means “My Dream” in Northern Sotho, one of South Africa’s local languages, and the creation of Toro Yaka Bush Lodge has fulfilled the dreams of Steve and Nicole, by establishing a haven of peace and tranquility from which to share their passion for nature. The lodge has been designed in a modern elegant style, with a relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to sit back, relax and feel at home. The six en-suite double rooms ensure tranquility and comfort at all times. Steve has spent more than a decade sharing his knowledge and love for the bush with clients from all over the world at luxury game lodges throughout South Africa. Nicole is a qualified holistic massage therapist and takes care of all the tiny details. Together with the Toro Yaka Staff, they will ensure your stay to be a memorable one. Balule is home to a large variety of plants and animals. From the smallest spider to the largest elephant, from the tiniest flower to a 1000 year old Leadwood tree, owls at night and eagles by day, every aspect of the ecosystem is explored. The Olifants River, which flows year round through the Balule, is home to hippos and crocodiles, and the whole area is one of scenic splendor, with the northern tip of the Drakensberg mountain range being visible from many points. Together with all of this, Toro Yaka Bush Lodge offers you good home cooked food, friendly service, warm South African Hospitality and loads of enthusiasm. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $286 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Nature Reserve
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