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Sable Road R40, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#3 of 18 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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Free parking
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Yoga room
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Patio
Walking tours
Airport transportation
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Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Foot massage
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Open-air bath
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Sable Road R40, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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MLC1952 wrote a review Dec 2017
Winston Salem, North Carolina12 contributions
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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 a safari. Look forward to visiting again in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Tom B wrote a review Dec 2017
London, United Kingdom60 contributions28 helpful votes
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 highlight! The place is relatively small, meaning a small group of guests, most of them were returning - which was was a good sign! Nicole and the entire team of staff made us feel extremely welcome from start to finish. Breakfast, lunches and dinners were amazing. The two game drives per day were always packed full of sightings. Mike and Brendan (who took us out on the drives) are very good at what they do. They work very well as a partnership to track the incredible animals on the reserve. They’ll
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Mikeyb_and_michelleH wrote a review Nov 2017
Southampton18 contributions2 helpful votes
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 especially the pool. The meals were fantastic starting with the lunch when we arrived and the two dinners were truly wonderful. The game drives were so enjoyable and interesting especially made so by Mike's unending knowledge and enthusiasm for what he was doing. He got us sooo close to the animals and gave us a truly memorable experience with the elephants and lions. This was topped off by great coffee from Brendan! Three of the extra touches that made our stay just that little bit more enjoyable were
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Date of stay: October 2017
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mol89lol89 wrote a review Nov 2017
London, United Kingdom13 contributions6 helpful votes
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 whatever hot food you requested. The dinners were always a high point; it was so special to be in front of the open fire in a group and equally in front of the pool with the view of the watering hole and the various creatures that pass it in the evening. The bedroom was always beautifully tidy and we loved the little touch with the chocolate and bedtime story... Of course the game drives themselves every morning and evening were just fantastic too- Brendan and Mike were very knowledgable and made the drives so
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Date of stay: November 2017
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paxa wrote a review Nov 2017
Washington DC, District of Columbia6329 contributions597 helpful votes
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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 occupied when we were there. Warm, welcoming and friendly hosts and staff. The atmosphere was homey, intimate and relaxed, a perfect hideaway. We were in the Leopard room, rustic with modern facilities, large and spacious, tile floors, windows/glass doors on three sides, outside shower, private deck. Good aircon and ceiling fan. The bed firm and comfortable, with a big mosquito net draping to the floor enclosing the night stands, convenient to get in and out of. Coffee/tea making facilities in the
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trish B wrote a review Nov 2017
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Steve & Nicole Baillie are wonderful hosts the lodge is perfect and Steve is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the bush. Mike is also a really great guide as is young Brendan the tracker they are all super hosts.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Nat - The Real Britz Abroad wrote a review Oct 2017
London, United Kingdom90 contributions56 helpful votes
We stayed at Toro Yaka for my 30th birthday celebration, and beforehand I had spent a long time researching and looking at places online and feeling a little overwhelmed as to what to choose for the best experience at a good price. I’m so, so glad we stayed here, it was perfect from start to finish. Toro Yaka is so peaceful and beautiful with individual rooms and the gorgeous pool overlooking a watering hole. We were in the Elephant room, and it was lovely, well decorated and understated. We immediately felt relaxed and at home. The attention to detail was great, and we loved the chocolate and bed time stories left on our pillow. This room has a private balcony overlooking the watering hole so its a good one to stay in. The service was excellent – the staff friendly and
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Date of stay: October 2017
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gocaribbeannow wrote a review Oct 2017
Richmond, Virginia28 contributions64 helpful votes
My husband and I have nothing but glowing comments to write about the Toro Yaka Bush Lodge. The staff is first rate. Nicole's meals are all absolutely delicious, and I am a pescetarian, which presented no problem.. The coffee, wines, and mixed drinks were excellent. Mike, our guide, educated and astounded us on every drive. Merrick, an awesome spotter, was always ready to help with any request. The lodge grounds are clean, cozy, and comfortable. We loved our room, which was Elephant; the outdoor shower was fun to use. From our deck, we had a great view of the watering hole that many animals, such giraffes, elephants, impalas, monkeys, and wart hogs visited regularly. The room was made up each morning and prepared with turn down services each night. The resident bush
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Date of stay: September 2017
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willie173 wrote a review Oct 2017
Sydney, Australia35 contributions25 helpful votes
We recently had 4 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 new our names and gave 5 star service. The lodge facilities were more than adequate and the meals innovative , delicious and well presented. The game drives were so enjoyable and interesting especially made so by Mike's unending knowledge and enthusiasm for what he was doing , I especially enjoyed our walk which was so informative. He was especially adept at getting close to animals for a photo op. Merrick is a great offsider to Mike , he has a friendly personality and is obviously learning a lot from Mike and his personal studies. Three of the extra touches that made our
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Date of stay: September 2017
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sam1234310 wrote a review Sep 2017
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom6 contributions7 helpful votes
You get the whole package here. Nicole and her team looked after us well, their attention to detail was amazing. The food which was beautifully presented, delicious and served in different locations which was a nice touch. It's a small friendly lodge and we met some great people. Mike, Brandon and Merrik taught and showed us so much we got to see 4 out of the big five and a kill. Would do it again, a great start to our holiday.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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