Loved the calm, authentic, engaged and personal experience at Toro Yaka. Hosts and all staff are exceptionally friendly, and Toro Yaka takes pride in hosting only 8-12 guests at a time in order to provide a personal experience. They clearly love the bush and life in the bush - and share their passion with us guests :) And they learned our names already on day 1!
Our party of four (parents and two teenagers) stayed for 5 nights and went on 1-2 game drives every day, wonderfully guided by Mike on both driving and walking safaris. He knows incredible amounts of information about the bush and every animal, tree and flower! Saw a lot of animals incl big fives, seems Mike spot the wetter than the other rangers we met in different vehicles ;) Some rides have less animals as they wander freely and are all over or nowhere ;)
Rooms are charming and the food and service is lovely, meals served in different parts of the premises on different days. And you can book the best massages with Nicole, highly recommended! Steve was out the week we visited, but thank you Nicole and all staff for a week we will never forget!! Hope to be back..
- 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