This is truly a sensational destination. Set on the banks of the Makhutswi River Toro River Lodge manages to blend a rustic "in the bush" feeling with absolute luxury. This has been achieved by meticulous attention to detail in everything from the framed view from each of the immaculate accommodation units to the way the giant 1000 year old Jackalberry flows through the lounge. Our daily schedule was typical of a bush get away but this is where typical ended.
Up early for coffee meant watching the sun rise over the river from a deck that seems to float around giant fig trees with hippo honking no more than a few meters away, the steam from your cup mingling with that of the slowly warming river and fragrant camp fire smoke. Rusks are home made and wholesome - just one more please was repeated often! Game drives are conducted by people with "that far away look in there eye" assisted by trackers that seem to read a dirt patch like normal people read the newspaper. Immediately the low tourist density is evident, as is the high game density. Frequent sightings of the "small stuff" like dainty steenbuck, impala and bushbuck keep us busy between unbelievable close encounters with members of the BIG FIVE. What is even more impressive though is the lowveld landscape, harsh, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful.
Brunch at Toro is an event in its own right. Taken on the deck with magnificent views of the river elephants seem to show up to drink on que with the serving of eggs, bacon, fruit, scones and the ever present fresh brewed coffee. We then relax through the day next to the rim flow pool that makes it feel as if you are swimming with the resident hippo, or on the plush leather couches of the open lounge. The languid mood lulled by oriels in the trees disturbed only by that oh so African call of the fish eagle, or the polite offer to refill whatever your daytime tipple may be.
Then its back in the vehicle off for the evening drive and sun-downers in the bush followed by snacks and dinner around the fire, great stories of the days adventure, a piping hot shower under the stars and off to bed with listening to the night chorus starring lion, leopard and hyena ably backed by fiery-necked and Mozambique nightjars. As you drift off to sleep you may just feel that tomorrow cant get any better - until it does!
Toro is a fantastic place, staffed by passionate and friendly people and run with conservation front of mind. My family and I had to drag ourselves away after 4 wonderful days and I can not wait to be back.
Toro River Lodges is a beautiful and luxurious place to stay from which you can experience the Big 5! The accommodation is super comfortable and there are many areas from which to enjoy the surrounding scenery. The staff are friendly and always willing to cater for your every need. I can't wait to visit again!
Our family adventure led to us to Toro River Lodges where we spent a week with family friends spending most of our days on game drives, stunning sun-downers, amazing animal sightings and exquisite views! The hospitality was fabulous and another visit to Toro River Lodges shall be in the near future!
WOW, what an awesome experience!!! Super friendly staff, rooms are really comfortable and luxurious! A must visit to have a real Safari experience!!!!
My wife and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend at Toro. It was definitely not long enough!
The rooms are spacious with a wonderful view and has all the necessary amenities that anyone will need in the bush.
The staff are friendly and are willing to go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable.
The guides are knowledgeable and an absolute pleasure to be around.
If you are looking for the perfect getaway to the bush, we would highly recommend Toro River Lodges!
The perfect African Safari !! Personal attentions way beyond the call of duty !! The bungalows were sumptuous with a great fireplace.The food was typical and delicious, cooked fresh every night over a wood fire in the boma. Every breakfast was spent witnessing big game going by the lodge, including giraffes and elephants. We went on safari drives or walks twice a day, and I got to see all Big Five.
During my first outing we witnessed a lion kill. My zulu guide even showed me how to track the abundant wildlife. I made a lot friends , locals and neighbors, and acquired a great insight in the life and management of a game preserve in Africa.
Brad and Cindy Phillips are the perfect hosts, as they treat you as family.
I fully and unconditionally recommend Toro River Lodges for an unforgettable African safari.
Look no further than Toro River Lodges for the experience of a lifetime with a river right in front of the lodges, morning and evening game drives with excellent game rangers in their open safari vehicles, usually ending with sundowners out in the bush. All this with no crowds to spoil your viewing of the wildlife and a chef to prepare your choice of whatever self catering provisions you bring.