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


#4 of 17 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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Free parking
Public wifi
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Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
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Wine / champagne
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Foot massage
Full body massage
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Open-air bath
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
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Sable Road R40, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport342 kmSee all flights
Hoedspruit Airport25 kmSee all flights
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simana3493 wrote a review Nov 2019
Cambridge, New Zealand10 contributions14 helpful votes
Well it's been almost exactly 7 years since I discovered Toro Yaka Bush Lodge and that stay compelled me to write my very first Trip Advisor review because my visit was so stunning. I made a promise to my wife and myself that we would return, this time with my wife. Well it took awhile but it happened. Have just had the most magical 5 nights back at Toro Yaka. Again from the moment we arrived until we departed, we were impressed and appreciative of the quiet serenity of this boutique lodge, the natural beauty within where it is set and all the attention to details that Nicole and her team put in. I remember my first visit well and I'm pleased to say that the standard has not dropped in the slightest. The lodge has been beautifully maintained, the meals still remain a
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Date of stay: October 2019
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 05 Nov 2019
Hi guys! Ah, thank you for the amazing review. We really appreciate it. It's really good to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Even more so knowing you two just 'get' what we're all about. I've read your beautiful review to all hands on deck. We do hope to see you soon (within 7 years) Kind regards, The Toro Yaka Team
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Jeff G wrote a review Sep 2019
Hessle, UK80 contributions32 helpful votes
Toro Yaka was recommended to us by our son and it was recommended to him by his friend and we will do so as well - what better accolade can there be? The whole team make you feel like one of the family, they all greet you personally as you arrive and after each game drive and again as you leave. Michael was our guide and he is an absolute expert at tracking down the animals. The food was brilliant with a good mix of individual and group seating arrangements. This place is not cheap but the quality of accommodation, service and food is worth every penny. If you want a quality stay near Kruger with game drives this is the place to come! Thank you Nicole, Steve and the team for an unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 30 Sep 2019
Dear Jeff & Sheila, Thank you so much for the lovely review! Its always good to hear some positive feedback. We hope to see you two again some day, it was an absolute pleasure having you here with us. Take care! Warm regards, The Toro Yaka Team
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Jane H wrote a review Aug 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom15 contributions3 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our stay at Toroyaka. Nicole, Steve and staff were great hosts. Game drives with Mike and George, who shared their passion and expertise, an obvious highlight what a privilege to see the animals and birds. Accommodation very comfortable and delicious food. Thank you to all. Hope to return one day.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 19 Aug 2019
Dear Jane & Robert, Thank you so much for your great review. It was lovely having you here with us. We hope to see you again, Warm regards, The Toro Yaka Team
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rodgerconnolly wrote a review Jun 2019
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions10 helpful votes
Fantastic crew at Toro Yaka made us feel at home. Great safaris, tremendous food, comfortable accommodation and great G&T’s at sunset. Highly recommend Toro Yaka to anyone looking for a personalised African safari holiday. Thanks Amore, Mike, Steve and all the lovely ladies.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 22 Jun 2019
Hi Rodger, Glad to hear you had a good time. It was lovely having the two of you stay with us. Until next time! Warm regards, The Toro Yaka Team
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blueflag08 wrote a review May 2019
Brisbane, Australia1 081 contributions278 helpful votes
We only had one regret coming to Toro Yaka.. we didn't stay long enough!!!!! What an amazing place! The lodge is close to Hoedspruit airport where we flew in to (from Cape Town) and our driver was there waiting for us (arranged by Toro Yaka), the trip was about 45 mins total to the lodge. Nicole and Amore, with their staff Brenda, Tholapi & Goodman were incredibly warming and the service was amazing and attentive. It was great having the staff join us for some meals and it felt like a home away from home just chatting about our safaris and animals and life in South Africa! Our room was always made up and spotless, with lots of nice little touches that set this place apart from most other places! Dinners in the Boma were always a great way to wind down and enjoy some of the
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Date of stay: May 2019
Response from toroyakabushlodge, Manager at Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Responded 29 May 2019
Hi guys! Thanks for the incredible review, as well as spreading the word! It was great having you guys here, we look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes and hi to Cookie The Toro Yaka Team
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