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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 opinion Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is the best Lodge in the reserve. The food is like dining at a 5 star restaurant and the service is too. Very friendly owner and staff. They make you feel at home. The guide/trackers are very knowledgeable and find animals every time you go out on
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Have no second thoughts about booking Toro Yaka, it’s incredible ! Me & my partner stayed for 4 nights / 5 days at the bush lodge and loved every second. Rooms are extremely spacious, cleaned every day and had everything we needed for the stay. The (hot) outdoor shower was a
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We recently had 2 nights at Toro Yaka and couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. From the friendly welcome it just kept getting better. Nicole and the staff are first rate , everyone including the lodge staff knew our names and gave 5 star service. The lodge facilities were great
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My husband and I stayed here for four nights as part of our honeymoon. We adored every minute of our stay and really couldn't fault the place. The food is healthy and absolutely delicious- the breakfasts fresh and slightly different treats were baked every day to accompany
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We were booked at this lodge by our Safari operator so didn't know much about it before arrival. Really lucked out because it was a most wonderful place to stay. The lodge was small with beautifully groomed grounds, outdoor pool, only six rooms in two buildings, four of which
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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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