You can tell that the hosts, Nicole and Steve, own their lodge and genuinely care about conservation, wildlife, and your experience! There heart and soul is 100% in it!
Steve has a conservation and ecology backround, and you will not find a more knowledgeable guide. He also does giuded walks, which is the ultimate in bush experiences - becoming a part of nature. Nicole has made the lodge a beautiful and comfotable home, immersed in nature, without the feeling of separation or being a spectator that one gets at a lot of the lodges. no big electric fences and spotlights, just you in your cabins and the sound of lions and hyenas at night! Serious goosebumps!! The cabins are spotless and airconditioned, and they are extremely environmentally conscious, minimizing the lodge's footprint where ever they can. Meals are delicious and healthy, genuinely South-African homecooked inspired, with lots of freh veg and fruit, and amazing venison and meat also, home baked pastry and breads, eggs, literally ANYTHING one could ask for.
If you are coming to this area, Toro Yaka is a must, or you have not truly been to the bush!
- 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