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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Sable Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had 3 nights at Toro Yaka and wish we could have stayed longer! The bush lodge is in an incredible private game reserve with spacious luxury rooms that are hard to leave at 6am to go out on a drive! The team headed by owners Steve & Nicole are fantastic hosts and nothing is too much trouble and they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at Toro Yaka in early July. From the moment we arrived we were greeted warmly by the owner, Nicole. After a rundown of the place, we were taken to our home for the next 5 days. Couldn't have asked for more. This place was great. Rustic looking, yet extremely comfortable. Don't let looks fool you. The bed was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a last minute holiday at Toro Yaka as I have always wanted to see big game and the trip didn't disappoint. Toro Yaka offers luxury accommodation in the middle of the bush so you get all the excitement of being in the middle of the action with the luxury. Heaven! I can't recommend highly enough. Everything was pretty... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is hard to put words to this magical lodge! It truly was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives ! My daughter and i always wanted to go on a safari adventure and this surpassed our dreams. To name a few highlights: the welcoming hosts of Nicole and Steve and their entire staff was amazing . Nicole... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As this was an exciting trip, I like everyone else on here wondered if I would be disappointed because of the hype and an almost perfect score. We flew into Nelspruit and rented a car. We booked Nelspruit on accident as Hoedspruit would've been closer, but it was an easy 3 1/2 hour drive through banana plantations and mid-size cities.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We arrived at Toro Yaka after three days of driving ourselves around & staying in Kruger Park lodges. Driving ourselves in the park had been absolutely incredible: we saw 4 of the big 5 and many other amazing sights. Neither of us thought that our trip could be improved on, but we were wrong. Toro Yaka is the most wonderful... More

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Got back home yesterday from 4days at Baluli where we stayed at Toro Yaka Bush lodge. Cant even begin to describe what a beautiful treasure this place is :) The lodge is beautiful, with the most comfortable beds (makes it extremely hard to get out of them !), the food is just fantastic, different every day and each meal was... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I just visited Toro Yaka a week ago and I have to say it was the best place I have stayed at in many years of traveling. I can't wait to return. Upon my arrival in the Balule game reserve, CJ was there to pick me up and bring me to the lodge, where I was immediately given a welcome... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We went there over a year ago and still long to go back... Toro Yaka was an amazing experience, exploring the bush with Steve, sharing his passion for all animals, big and small, being right in the heart of South African wildlife, and going back to the comfort of the lodge, with amazing cooking and massages from Nicole, and cuddles... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My wife and I chose Toro Yaka as the first-stop in our honeymoon to South Africa and it was amazing. Nicole and Steve, along with Mike, Percy, Deborah and the rest are awesome people you would entrust your lives with in the reserve. Even Ngwedi was so so hospitable to the guests. Steve's game drives were always enjoyable and informative,... More

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Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve

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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 
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