We had 3 nights at Toro Yaka and wish we could have stayed longer! The bush lodge is in an incredible private game reserve with spacious luxury rooms that are hard to leave at 6am to go out on a drive! The team headed by owners Steve & Nicole are fantastic hosts and nothing is too much trouble and they genuinely care about your experience with them. The food arranged by Nicole/Mike and others is plentiful and some of the best I have eaten in S Africa. Steve is a great guide with knowledge and passion in equal (and extensive) measures. We spent a full day in the main Kruger park seeing almost every African animal you can think of but enjoyed the close encounter drive/walks with Steve more. Being arm's distance away from a bull elephant is a moment to treasure forever. Really didn't want to leave this beautiful place.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Balule Private Game Reserve