My wife and I chose Toro Yaka as the first-stop in our honeymoon to South Africa and it was amazing. Nicole and Steve, along with Mike, Percy, Deborah and the rest are awesome people you would entrust your lives with in the reserve. Even Ngwedi was so so hospitable to the guests.
Steve's game drives were always enjoyable and informative, and his passion for animals was infectious. On our first evening there, we went on foot and came face-to-face with a bull elephant. Over the four nights, we came across elephants, leopards, hippos, kudus, lots of impalas, giraffes, wildebeest, a baby croc, eagles etc. We particularly enjoyed the part of the drive where Steve and Mike would stop and we would have tea right in the bush. After the game drives, you will be met with a wonderful breakfast/dinner prepared by Nicole and her staff. The meals were absolutely superb and we still miss her cooking now!
The lodge itself was really nice. The rooms were clean and extremely comfortable. And in the afternoons, it was nice to just hang out by the pool to read a book or have a cup of tea. After dinner, it is advised to stay out at the pool area for a while before going to bed. We saw some elephants and giraffes come by the watering hole and it was quite an amazing experience.
All in all, Toro Yaka was amazing and we highly recommend it to anyone travelling to the area!
Andrew & Grace
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Toro Yaka Bush Lodge South Africa/Kruger National Park