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Sable Road R40, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Updated 20/05/29


#3 of 18 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
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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 four en-suite double rooms ensure tranquillity and comfort at all times. Steve is now a trainer/instructor in a nearby reserve, you might see him during your stay. Nicole is a qualified holistic massage therapist and takes care of all the tiny details. Amore is at Nicole's side assisting in the runnings of the lodge. Mike, your guide, has been working as a guide for a decade. His passion and enthusiasm for nature is inspiring. 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 splendour​, 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
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Paddywaggon wrote a review Feb 2020
Derby78 contributions21 helpful votes
This was our second stay here and if possible the standard has been raised. Nicole, Amore and the team make the accommodation and atmosphere really peaceful and enjoyable taking a genuine interest in their guests and making them feel very much at home. The food alone is worth the trip. In relation to the game drives, Mike shows his expert tracking skills and knowledge of the wild animals and keeps Andrew on his toes as spotter. These are not just a drive around a reserve but a complete education in the whole eco system and a better understanding of the African bush. You really do take away some memorable pictures and memories.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 14 Feb 2020
Hi John! Thank you for your kind words - they're always good to hear! It was a pleasure having you with us, best regards to Susan as well. Awesome review - thanks again. The Toro Yaka Team
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1967Tam wrote a review Jan 2020
West Sussex, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
We travelled as a party of four in November 2019. From the moment we arrived to the time we left there was nothing we could give a negative comment about. Getting ready early in the morning at 0430 to hear the lions roaring to finding elephants and giraffes right outside the lodge gates was surreal. The two drives a day were absolutely amazing. Mike is such an a fantastic driver (his off road skills phenomenal), tracker and a complete font of all knowledge from the tiny to the large species. Andrew who was there sitting up front also was great with his navigating and expertise. We were very lucky to see some fantastic animals and even on the drives when we didn't see many big ones Mike always found us something interesting to see (not everyday you see a dung beetle at work). Just being out in the wild nature was so serene. They always found us a beautiful spot to have our morning coffee and delicious home made cakes and sundowners with nibbles. The food was spectacular and served with such grace. The pool was a welcome to chill and cool off between drives. We just loved that this place is small and intimate, it makes you feel part of the family. The small personal touches made it more special - everyone greeting at the entrance on arrival - and saying goodbye on departure - a gift on arrival and every night at turn down Thank you to Nicole who is a fantastic host and to everyone at this wonderful place. We will definitely be back
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Dear Tamasin, Erin, Isaac & Darren Thank you so much for the awesome review. It may be an odd thing, but we're so glad you got to see the little dung beetles at work. We have so many guests arrive at the wrong time of the year wanting to see them! We look forward to seeing you all again someday (we've got a special running for the month of June ;)) Warm regards to all. The Toro Yaka Team
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DaneBecameInsane wrote a review Dec 2019
Düsseldorf, Germany15 contributions1 helpful vote
It was our 2nd time at Toro Yaka. We stayed 8 nights. It is our home away from home. Large rooms, stunning game drives, delicious food, lovely people ❤️ A quiet, peaceful, nature elated place. Relax, listen to the sound of the bush and enjoy the food and game drives. Staff is amazing, friendly, feels like family. Game drives are not like „take a Photo, Next stop“. They are to create memories. These memories we will carry in our hearts, forever. Nicole, Amore, Mike, Andrew, Brenda, Goodman and the rest of the Team: Thank you! Keep up that good work. We will return, for sure! With Love, Dane & Jan
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 26 Dec 2019
Hi Dane & Jan, Firstly, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year <3 Thank you for your kind words, it was a pleasure having the two of you stay with us. We hope to see you again soon. Warmest regards, The Toro Yaka Family
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Anette A wrote a review Dec 2019
60 contributions4 helpful votes
We visited Toro Yaka for the third time and there will definitely be a forth time soon. We love everything about this place . The luxury of being in the real bush, the fantastic food, the nice rooms , the infinity pool, the game drives, the hospitality. There is absolute nothing more to ask for. Thanks Nicole and staff for taking such good care of us!!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 21 Dec 2019
Hi Anette, Thank you for your review! Its always good to hear all these kind words. It was, of course, great to have you back with us. Best regards - also, please send our regards to Jonathan and Miche The Toro Yaka Team
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Chris G wrote a review Nov 2019
London16 contributions1 helpful vote
The starting point is the effort Nicole and her team put in to making this such a beautiful experience. Everything from the drives to the sundowners to the meals is chosen and delivered with red care and passion. One of the highlights for our family was being able to listen to Nicole, George and Andrew give their perspective on environmental and conservation issues, which certainly appeared to be deeply informed and were challenging in the best possible way to those who come from an urban European background. As others have commented the drives are not a tick box see the Big 5 exercise but we saw something amazing on every drive, which makes the experience feel more earned. The lodge is on a small scale with fewer than 10 rooms, I think, which means that there is a sense of intimacy and belonging. The food is exceptional. In summary we could not recommend Toro Yaka enough.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 09 Nov 2019
Hi Chris, This is great! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a wonderful review. We do appreciate curiosity shown in conservation and environmental efforts, so sharing was great for us too. We have 6 rooms, but only accommodate a maximum of 8 guests at any given time. This is also a conservation effort - as we only run one vehicle. Please do extend our regards to Eve and Alex We hope to see you all again, The Toro Yaka Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a poolside bar, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Toro Yaka Bush Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Toro Yaka Bush Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.