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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent two nights there and enjoyed every single Minute from Arrival till departure. I would have loved to stay much longer. Nicole the owner is extremely gentle and friendly and did all to make us feel very comfortable. As I have to follow a gluten-free diet she took very much care of my Food and I was indulged in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the opportunity during our week in the Kruger Park area to spend one night at the Toro Yaka Bush Lodge. I had found it while browsing online and had the guide I'd hired, Sertorio from Ntwanano Tours (separate review) secure our reservation for us although as he was handling everything but it certainly wasn't necessary. It was by... More 

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Lincoln UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here last year and enjoyed it so much we returned for 5 nights this year. Some great game sightings - Steve got us so close to the animals. Saw all the big five and many more. Accommodation lovely and the food was incredible. Thank you Steve, Nicole and all the staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

What a place! Great setting in the middle of Balule Private Reserve that is adjacent to Kruger National park. Fantastic staff and food that every famous chef would be proud off. Food presentation, romantic settings that change every night and bush babies that watch you eat waiting for bananas to be served. Nicole and her staff are warm, welcoming and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Nicole told us they had worked for other lodges and wanted to run their own lodge with all the expertise they had gained. They have done a wonderful job of catering to their guests. The food was beautifully presented and sometimes the table were arranged so you could be on your own and sometimes all the guest ate together. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is an absolute dream location. The rooms / staff / food / animals are all fantastic. I have been on many exotic holidays, but this is by far my favourite holiday. It was my first time in South Africa, but it will definitely not be my last. Many, many thanks, excellent value, excellent service - 5 *

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Really enjoyed my time here. Nicole, her Assistant Manager, and wonderful staff make all their guests so welcome. Nicola is a wonder woman who is an amazing cook (the food here is really delicious), and qualified in all areas massage and health related. Highly recommending treating yourself to a massage with her. I enjoyed relaxing by the pool, swam everyday,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

This was our first Safari and we chose Toro Yaka based on trip advisor reviews. Steve, Nicole and the team at Toro Yaka made our six night stay unforgettable. Warm and friendly, a home from home, was the initial feeling. Our bedroom (Elephant) overlooked the watering hole and had a nice little deck to sit on and view the visitors,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

You can't say in words what this place means to us. You have to come and discover for yourselve the atmosphere. everything is perfect, the game drives, the excellent food, service and hospitality of the staff. Steve and Nicole do everything to feel at home. Onces you have been here, you will come back. We and a lott of other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the fantastic Toro Yaka Bush Lodge at the beginning of February (this year) for four nights. This was our first ever safari, here are our thoughts. When we landed at Hoedspruit the driver (Nicole had booked us) was waiting for in arrivals. If you're meeting someone here, don't worry you won't have trouble finding them. As we... More 

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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, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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