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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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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 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.
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Sable Road, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Hoedspruit Airport18 km
Phalaborwa Airport40 km
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My husband and I just visited Toro Yaka for a weekend, it was AMAZING!! If you are looking for a beautiful, peaceful and boutique experience then you can’t do any better. Nicole is the owner and offers awesome, personalized stay - you will feel like the only guest! She is highly
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Response from toroyaka2006, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 07 Aug 2018
Thank you Philisiwe, We really enjoyed meeting you both and look forward to seeing you agin. Nicole
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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is the most beautiful place we’ve been while travelling in South Africa. Everyone was so kind with us! We stayed there for only 2 nights and wish we could have stayed more... Nicole welcomed us so warmly and always prepared delicious meals even though
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The rave reviews of Toro Yaka are very well deserved! My husband and I spent 4 nights of our honeymoon here, and wish we had extended our stay! Communication from the beginning was exceptional, and from the minute we arrived, we knew we were in good hands. From the large
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We didn't have any idea what to expect before arriving here. We booked our safari through our travel agent and were happy to see what luck brought... Well we were pleasantly surprised with the level of professionalism, friendliness and the great comfort that we encountered as we
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We chose to spend 6 nights at Toro Yaka and I’m so glad that we did. The lodge - ticks all the boxes. There is a pool for the hotter days which looks over a watering hole where you will see all sorts of wildlife passing by - including a elephants! The rooms where comfortable
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Yes, we do accommodate a vegetarian diet.
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Hello Bridget, Thank you for the enquiry. All our safari activities (game drives and bush walks) are conducted in the Balule Nature Reserve. We can organise days trip stop the Kruger National Park if you like. The Closest airport is Hoedspruit airport. SA Express has 2 flights daily between OR Tambo and Hoedspruit airport. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me. Kind Regards, Nicole
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I went in April weather still warm but not too hot to enjoy the safari. you stay at the lodge and then pay for as many drives as you want. They normally have one early morning and one early evening. i am not sure of the costs my south african friends who i stayed with in Krugersdorp sorted the bookings etc for me. as it is a fairly small lodge and independently owned you will be very well looked after . Hope this helps
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Hello, I do apologise for taking so long to get back to you. Our reserve is part of the Greater Kruger, which means there are no fences between us and the Kruger National park, and we are therefore a Big 5 reserve. The animals we see depends on what is happening on the day. Some days we are very lucky and see everything and other days we do not see much. We have a great advantage that we can spend time with animals. Yesturday morning they spend an hour and a half with a leopard and a few days ago the spend a hour with lionesses and their cubs. I hope this helps. Regards, Nicole
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"Only 4 rooms, all great!"
"Corner lodges offer views oacross the landscape."
"Rooms on ends have better view"
"All the rooms were super. We had the elephant room, which directly overlooked the watering hole."
"The Elephant room has views over the watering hole and a private balcony"
South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
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