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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
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Durham, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Most amazing experience iv ever had!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

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.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

We spent 3 nights at Toro Yaka in August and were truly sad to leave. Owners Steve (who was unfortunately unwell and out-of-action at the time) and Nicole are obviously passionate about their work and their small, endearing team share this enthusiasm. Dinner and breakfast were sociable affairs - sitting around a big table and chatting with the other guests - while lunch was more intimate. We had stunning animal sightings despite less-than-perfect weather and Lance was a humorous and very knowledgeable guide. Everything was laid-back, but with great attention to detail. Thank you so much! We'll be back for more next year.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

Truly amazing experience; Game drives were amazing with lance being a perfect guide, being very knowledgable and good at tracking animals. Food was lovely and more than enough of it to keep you going. Staff are wonderful, and Steve and nicole are so passionate about what they do. The swimming pool looks out over a watering hole and if you're lucky you'll see some animals whilst sunbathing :) such a perfect place, can't recommend it enough

  • Stayed August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Spent a week with Toro Yaka and it was awesome! The lodge is beautiful-our room was amazing. Indoor/outdoor showers, beautiful back deck to sit on. Can leave your doors open at night and listen to all the animals.

Went on the game drives-would recommend it! Lance took us around and we were up close and personal with lions, giraffes, elephants-even a leopard!

Meals are to die for! Great cooking and will accommodate dietary restrictions.

I would also recommend a massage-Nicole was wonderful and the room is so beautiful!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Willoughby, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

My husband and I stayed at Toro Yaka in July. It was our first experience of a game reserve and game lodge. We absolutely loved it. The rooms are beautiful, the service great, the food excellent and the game drives just top it off. It is worth trying Nicole's massages too. Nicole and Steve really know what they are doing. Nothing was too much trouble.

From the game perspective, we were very excited to see elephants, giraffe, zebra, impala, baboons, monkeys, buffalo and a black rino. The highlight though would have to be the pride of nine lions (including one male) feeding on a zebra. We were very close and we watched for quite a while - very special.

We would definitely recommend Toro Yaka to others.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stayed for 3 nights & enjoyed it immensely. The hosts & staff are very friendly & helpful. The game drives were very informative thanks to Lance. The rooms are lovely. The food was excellent & I personally enjoyed the meals where we all sat together and had a chat & a few drinks. I'd recommend this place without hesitation. Many thanks to Nicole & the team.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

I've stayed in many places around the world as a seasoned traveler and can honestly say that the team at Toro Yaka Lodge provided the best holiday experience I've ever had. Seeing lions, elephants and more wildlife up close, guided by Steve who is passionate about the wildlife, was exceptional. This is only topped by the wonderful cuisine organised by Nicole, so that you relax after a long day with a great meal and great company. The small size of the lodge - just six rooms - makes this an intimate and shared holiday with the other travelers staying at the Lodge. All in all, you will never beat the service and bush experience provided by the Toro Yaka team. 11 out of 10!!!!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
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Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 6
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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