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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

From the amazing greeting when you arrive to the (in my case) tearfull departure you are in for something amazing. Nicole is a wizard in the Kitchen. And the game drives are amazing. It is important however not to have expectations of game viewing as these are wild animals with their own agendas..... however when you do see game its... More 

2 Thank Des V
Perth, Australia
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112 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

I left in tears. It was the most special 4 days for me. Steve and Tom are amazing guides, the difference here to Kruger is you can go off roads and these guys are experts at it. We got so close to the animals you could see the colour of their eyes. The information they shared about the animals was... More 

3 Thank Blond007c
New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

I would give them six stars if I could. I stayed with my (now) fiance for a 3 days two nights and the whole experience was beyond our expectations. Steve, Tom, and team did a great job setting up and running the bush walks and the game drives and Nicole's attention to detail around the lodge was incredible. Bonus points... More 

3 Thank dcalvo
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

We stayed here for three days and had a great time. Steve and Nicole are excellent hosts and the entire stay was incredible from start to finish. The location is fantastic - with an amazing pool overlooking a watering hole. Staff are brilliant, food was exceptional and the game drives are fantastic. Nothing quite like going off-road in a Land... More 

2 Thank CLM1992
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Thank you so much to Steve and Nicole for an amazing start to our honeymoon! From the lovely room, gorgeous food and Steve's awesome game drives - everything about the stay was wonderful and we are already recommending Toro Yaka to all of our friends back in the UK. Thank you!

1 Thank Lauren M
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

I join the chorus of praise. Steve and Nicole are wonderful hosts and provide a personal thoughtful pampering environment. The rooms are beautifully appointment, the beds are are comfortable. The food is amazing and healthful. The game drives allow you to see animals up close. The guide, Tom, was very knowledgable and made the drives an exciting yet relaxing experience.... More 

1 Thank Dorli B
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

A totaly unique place with excellent food ,accomodation and game viewing. All thanks to the fantastic hosts(Steve and Nicole) and their personel. The food was prepared to perfection everyday and made our stay a very special experience.

1 Thank Anette A
Lincoln UK
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68 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

There is nothing to add to the other reviews. Everything is superb from the greeting on arrival by all the staff, to the rooms and the food and the pool, and the bar and, and, and. The game drives and walks were incredible, the big 5 seen in 2 days and the highlight was over a dozen elephants having a... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Our family stayed at Toro Yaka for 8 nights at the end of June/early July. Our stay was fabulous. We had two rooms; one with a king size bed and the other with two singles. Toro Yaka is an owner-operated lodge and owners Steve and Nicole, along with their staff, do an excellent job. The lodge is a small lodge,... More 

12 Thank fan_of_travel_101
Orlando, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

Stayed at Toro Yaka for 4 nights at the end of my trip. Was Excellent. Was greeted personally & very warmly on arrival. Steve & Nicole the owners treat you like a family member. Nicole is an EXCELLENT Cook, her home made meals were Better than any restaurant I ate in South Africa. Its a very quite place to relax.... More 

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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. ... more   less 

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Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: $309 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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