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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Sable Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an experience! I could have stayed for weeks. Our hosts, Nicole and Steve, were gracious and dedicated to sharing their wonderful part of the world. The accommodations are gorgeous and serene, Nicole's cooking beyond delicious and the guides knowledgable and fun. Highly recommended!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nobody can ever have been so sad to be heading to Mauritius for a ten day holiday.... But after 5 nights at Toro Yaka we certainly were! Nicole and Steve own the lodge, and along with the rest of their team they will do anything to make your stay the best it can be. We stayed for 5 nights at... More

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london
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cannot praise the team at Toro Yaka enough for a great 4 night stay. Based in the Balule Nature Reserve -part of the Kruger Park-its about 6 hours by car from Johannesburg or a quick (1hr) transfer from Hoedspruit airport. The passion and commitment of the whole team made for a most enjoyable experience with superb food and a peaceful... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My girlfriend and I travelled to Toro Yaka at the end of our trip to South Africa. I would definitely recommend this to any one else planning their trip as the accommodation, people and surrounding area is unbeatable. We were greeted on arrival from all of the staff and introduced to the other guests. This meant we made some great... More

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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I have never in my life stayed in such a special place. If you don't stay here then you will have missed out on one of the most precious experiences of your life - I promise you. Nicole and Steve (the owners) and their supporting team (Mike, CJ, Redwell, Deborah and Perci) are all absolutely fantastic people. They make you... More

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france
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Our experience at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge far exceeded any expectations! The accommodations were exquisite, the setting peaceful, the food in both presentation and taste fantastic, the guided walk with Steve was awesome, the jeep tours with CJ were fantastic...it goes on and on. The food was so good that my family had to be talked out of leaving Kruger... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Steve and Nicole, who run this cozy and fantastic small lodge, are warm and hospitable beyond imagination. They do everything to make your experience here extraordinary in every way both in the lodge area and in the bush. Steve is so knowledgable about the wildlife that you often return from excursions with him completely amazed. He knows the animals and... More

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Modiin, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

No way to describe how good is this fantastic lodge. Everything was just PERFECT!!!! It was the best part of our great trip to South Africa thanks to Nicole and Steve that have so nice place in the bush with everything you can just imagine!!!!! We already want to be there again!!! Ahuva & Nati perry

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Cochrane, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This was the second time that I had stayed at Toro Yaka and and was even better than my previous experience! We stayed for 3 nights and absolutely loved the warm hospitality, excellent meals, great service and of course the wildlife! Mark was our guide as Steve was away - Mark has superb bush knowledge and excellent people skills! I... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

This is the most amazing place. The owners and staff are really welcoming, friendly and very good company. The game drives were superb, we were only there for two days and we saw 4 of the 5 plus loads of other animals. The room was lovely and the food excellent. The whole stay was faultless and we could have stayed... More

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Also Known As:
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve
Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 

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