Our first safari and our top family trip - ever. Steve along with Vusi are excellent game drivers and we saw Cheetahs, Hippo, Giraffe, Birds, Wildebeest, Warthog, Lions, Zebra, Mongoose, Monkeys, and Elephants - all right around where we stayed. Nicole worries about everything so every detail is covered - she is also a great Massage therapist. The food was fantastic and the rooms large and very nice. Up at 5:30 for a game drive then back for breakfast at 9:30 - down time for swimming, napping, reading or games until lunch then off for evening game drive at 4:30 followed by dinner around a campfire. With only 6 rooms it is a very personal experience - and Nicole and her team do an amazing job of making you feel at home. You can easily pay twice as much - but you won't find a better place to spend your time or money - you will not want to leave!
- 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