We stayed at Toro Yaka from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2012 and the service was impeccable. Nicole cooked gluten-free food for one guest and veggie for us. The food was delicious and very generous! The rooms were elegant and tasteful and staff were all friendly and helpful. And on the game drives, Steve doesn't just take you to the animals, he also educates you about the ecosystem and rhythms of life for everything that creeps, crawls, stalks, gallops, and prowls through the Balule. We did eight game drives and we could have done more. We saw lions (4 times!), rhinos, cape buffalo, elephants, giraffe, zebras, hippos and much, much more! There is a watering hole about 100 meters in front of the infinity pool, so you can also see game while relaxing in the pool! We saw warthogs a few times and other guests saw rhinos.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve