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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 6 nights at Toro Yaka in the beginning of September and loved every bit of it! Nicole and Steve were amazing hosts who made us feel very welcome. Everyone working there were very friendly and positive. Nicole was a really good host before and after our arrival: taking care of our trip preparations, responding almost instantly to all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toro Yaka is, first and foremost, an "experience" rather than just a place to stay in the bush. The food (by Nicole) is gourmet quality in taste and presentation, the game drives are beyond what one could imagine, the lodge is beautifully laid out and maintained, the staff are extremely attentive and helpful, and the value for money (given the... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its a great place to stay. The staff is very friendly, the food is so good, better then a 5 star hotel. Nicole is also the one who makes the atmosphere so intimate and personal. De gamedrives are wonderful and you never know what you will see. steve and mike do so hard there best to find all kinds off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

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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Nutley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 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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Newark, Delaware
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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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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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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
Also Known As:
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve
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