Stayed here for 4 nights with my parents, we were greated by Steve and Nicole on arrival and everything about the lodge was explained.
The lodge is nestled up in a lovely part of the reserve and if your lucky like we were, you may see some elephants drinking from the watering hole opposite the outside pool.
You can choose between a morning bush drive which starts at 6 am till 9 or the afternoon bush drive which starts at 4.30pm till 7.30pm. They were amazing and our guide CJ who is freelancing until Steve recovers is hilarious and a fantastic guide. CJ and tracker Radwell make a good team.
This lodge is very intimate and provides amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner. After dinner we would get a chocolate and a story every night on our beds which was a lovely touch.
The food which Nicole makes herself is out of this world, she also give amazing massages.
The time, effort and passion that is given at this lodge is shown to a high quality and i will definilty be recommending here to people back in England. Thanks again.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park