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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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This was our very first time in South Africa. We scooted here immediately after our wedding. Once into the lodge, we felt so relaxed and comfortable, simply great for both of us to unwind after the hectic wedding. The lodge not only looks beautiful, it was very cosy and the
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Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 17 Nov 2018
Thank you for your review June. We loved meeting you both and we wish you all the very best for your future together. Warm Bush Regards, Team Toro Yaka
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Exceptional friendly and personal service. All the staff knew all the guests by name. The game ranger was surprisingly knowledgeable on game, birds and trees with amazing ability to spot game and birds The rooms have an open air shower are well equipped with sufficient sockets
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Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 15 Nov 2018
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. For 2019 we will be offering the option of and all inclusive rate. Regards, The Toro Yaka Team
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Stayed as 2 couples at the end of August and were truely amazed at pretty much everything the lodge had to offer. - Staff were amazing, attentive and friendly. - Food was fantastic! Still think about the banana bread now. - Mike was a great guide, very knowledgeable and
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We had a wonderful 4 night stay at Toro Yaka and we loved every minute of it. Whenever we arrived at the lodge there was always someone waiting to greet us which is a lovely gesture. The drives with Michael were amazing - his knowledge is incredible and his passion for the
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The Tora Yaka Lodge was a wonderful place with fabulous safari drives, employees that worked hard to make our stay memorable, fabulous food and owners Nichole and Steve that were involved day to day to make sure we were happy. The visit started with greetings by employees when
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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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