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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Westerham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 October 2015

We recently spent three days at Toro Yaka. From the moment we arrived we were made incredibly welcome. We did the morning and late afternoon jeep safaris with Steve. He was an extremely knowledgeable guide regarding all the animals and birds and it was a particular advantage that he is one of the few guides in Balule qualified to drive...

2Thank cometm
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

What a place Nicole and Steve have created here. The staff are all very good and can't do enough for you. Rooms, food, company and safaris were all excellent. We didn't manage to see a leopard but saw all the other members of the big five plus more. The best thing is how up close and personal you get to...

Thank redvanmorrison
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

What an amazing experience. Steve is the most passionate, environmentally ethical guide we have met and his knowledge is amazing. Nicole is just as amazing with her attention to every detail with the accommodation, service and sublime 6 star menu. It is very, very personal, with only 6 beautiful suites accommodating up to 12 guests. We loved the outdoor shower,...

4Thank Reviewsandmore
Perth, Australia
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...

2Thank Des V
Perth, Australia
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...

3Thank Blond007c
New York City, New York
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...

3Thank dcalvo
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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...

2Thank CLM1992
London, United Kingdom
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!

1Thank Lauren M
Los Angeles, California
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....

1Thank Dorli B
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.

1Thank Anette A

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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 

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Address: Sable Road, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Nature Reserve
Price Range: RM1,078 - RM1,108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“All are perfect”
Jamienh125, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“all four rooms with outside terraces are great”
1101gourmet, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Maybe not the best of young kids. The location is out in the bush but Nicole will be totally open with you about the facility.”
simonpinkney, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We had Lion, it had a great view”
shutterbabe2008, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Leopard was very nice.”
PrincetonianMan, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
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