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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Eight of us stayed at the lodge for a week. Words and pictures cannot describe the experience. Steve and Nicole, the owners, Nick our driver, Herbert our tracker, Cal our guide in training, Brenda, Jeanette, Tholaphi and Portia, the best staff, treated us like royalty. The grounds are exquisite. The food is 5 star! We never knew where on the...

Thank Jamie H
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Within 10 minutes of arriving here, there was an elephant at the watering hole at the end of the pool! That was the start of our safari experience and it just got better and better. We did 4 evening safaris with Mike and Herbert, an early morning trip and a lovely early morning walk. The amazing thing was how close...

Thank 1101gourmet
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We have just returned from our first safari experience in South Africa and it will not be our last. We had wonderful safaris with Mike, managing to see so very many animals - elephants are still my favourite! The rooms were nice and the food was amazing. Steve and Nicole are great hosts making our wedding anniversary so very special....

Thank fizzy16
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I have just completed a 3 day stay at Toro Yaka Busch Lodge. It is a small lodge but that is on purpose. It allows Steve and Nicole to provide exceptional service to a limited number of clients. Everything about the trip was excellent, from the assistance that Nicole gave me with the multiple emails and questions, the meals, the...

1Thank simonpinkney
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful and exciting stay! Interesting safari rides with a very professional and skilled guide! He will make sure to make the most out of the safari trips and show you the animals in their natural habitat. They are also very respectful to the animals living in the reserve. The staff are wonderful and will give you excellent...

1Thank monicazetter
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I knew that going on Safari in the Greater Kruger National Park was going to be exciting and fun. What I didn't expect was how much I was going to fall in love with the experience. We spent 4 nights here in early December for the first part of our honeymoon on what we thought would be a 'once in...

2Thank Kate7198
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We spent 10 nights at Toro Yaka In November 16 and had a experience of a lifetime. A very friendly welcome from Nicole on arrival she made us feel very much at home. Our stay at Toro Yaka was everything we could have hoped for from the very comfortable rooms to the fabulous food on offer . The lodge is...

2Thank Nerys J
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 28 November 2016 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...

1Thank june11660
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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...

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1Thank Graciethecat
Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 20 November 2016

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...

2Thank sarita1312016

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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 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $269 - $2,093 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“Elephant room has a private deck and a view of the watering hole”
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Miho1811, 3 May 2017 | Read review
“All are perfect”
Jamienh125, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“all four rooms with outside terraces are great”
1101gourmet, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Maybe not the best of young kids. The location is out in the bush but Nicole will be totally open with you about the facility.”
simonpinkney, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We had Lion, it had a great view”
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