Nicole and Steve made our first safari experience unforgettable. The lodge itself is warm and welcoming, reflecting the personalities of its owners. We availed ourselves of everything the place had to offer, from massage to a bush walk and daily game drives. Steve was an amazing guide, sharing his breathtaking depth of knowledge on flora and fauna as well as his passion for conservation and love of the land. Nicole is a fantastic chef and serves a variety of homemade goodies at every meal. She is also a talented massage therapist and offers massage in a room that looks out onto the bush, making the experience organic as well as spiritual. The staff was superb and we felt well cared for. Steve helped us arrange drives outside Balule and his recommendations were perfectly on the mark. When we left, we felt like we were saying goodbye to old friends.
- Also Known As:
- Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve
- 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