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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Bauru, SP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Toro Yaka is an amazing place!! Nicole, Steve and their super well trained staff will make everything perfect for your stay. Every review is totally true: the food is impressive, the rooms are veeeeery confortable, the staff is lovely, the game drives are fun, professional and beautiful. Definitely we will come back. Everybody does! Thanks Nicole and Steve. Cheers from...

Thank Lílian M
West Midlands, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beyond expectation :) Nicole's hospitality knows no bounds and Balule offers a wonderful safari experience. We stayed for five nights which was perfect. There is some downtime between drives - but the lodge is visited by some beautiful birds, and there are lots of books to borrow. Balule is an open reserve so you are never quite sure what you...

Thank TandD5
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 3 friends traveling together in South Africa for the first time and we stayed at Toro Yaka for 4 nights in late March. The service, care and attention that we received from Nicole, Steve and their delightful staff was exceptional. We enjoyed fabulous game drives, which were expertly lead by Mike and we saw a...

Thank Robinson53
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was both our first experience of safari and stayed at Toro Yaka for two nights. We had such a wonderful time both on safari and in the lodge. Would highly recommend this! The guides were excellent and Brandon is going to be a star in the future! Thank you!

Thank tomdixon90
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We had our second amazing stay at Toro Yaka, it feels like home away from home. Nicole’s food was superb as always, perfect game drives with Mike and interesting bush walk with Steve. Staff was very friendly once again. It was very nice to see them all again! We stayed for a week but you never get enough of being...

Thank Irena R
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I would like to thank Nicole for her hospitality, the food was excellent and the lodge has a relaxed home from home feel. Our thanks also go to Mike our guide and Herbert the spotter for making our first experience of game drives so memorable and unforgettable, they are both excellent at what they do and their friendliness made this...

Thank mevi-hedi
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Eight of us stayed at the lodge for a week. Words and pictures cannot describe the experience. Steve and Nicole, the owners, Nick our driver, Herbert our tracker, Cal our guide in training, Brenda, Jeanette, Tholaphi and Portia, the best staff, treated us like royalty. The grounds are exquisite. The food is 5 star! We never knew where on the...

Thank Jamie H
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Within 10 minutes of arriving here, there was an elephant at the watering hole at the end of the pool! That was the start of our safari experience and it just got better and better. We did 4 evening safaris with Mike and Herbert, an early morning trip and a lovely early morning walk. The amazing thing was how close...

Thank 1101gourmet
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We have just returned from our first safari experience in South Africa and it will not be our last. We had wonderful safaris with Mike, managing to see so very many animals - elephants are still my favourite! The rooms were nice and the food was amazing. Steve and Nicole are great hosts making our wedding anniversary so very special....

Thank fizzy16
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I have just completed a 3 day stay at Toro Yaka Busch Lodge. It is a small lodge but that is on purpose. It allows Steve and Nicole to provide exceptional service to a limited number of clients. Everything about the trip was excellent, from the assistance that Nicole gave me with the multiple emails and questions, the meals, the...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $346 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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