Welcome to Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

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Toro Yaka is an exclusive, quiet lodge nestled on the outskirts of the Greater Kruger National Park, in the Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa. Our name translates to “My Dream” in Northern Sotho, and it is our goal to provide guests with a relaxed stay in the wild. This haven of peace and tranquillity was the dream of Steve and Nicole Bailie, the current owners, whose passion for nature inspired the creation of this one of a kind lodge. Together with their welcoming team, the Toro Yaka family carefully caters to the needs of guests, helping every guest create a home away from home in Africa.

The biggest reason why guests return time and again to Toro Yaka is that we offer restful accommodation, natural, unrushed game drives and walks, and delicious wholesome food. Guests have a real safari experience and as the lodge is purposely never overbooked, guests have privacy, peace and quiet.

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Activities & Facilities

Toro Yaka offers guests a few activities, all focused on getting back in touch with nature and refocusing the mind and body. Have a look at our popular activities currently available.

Accommodation
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Toro Yaka has been designed with nature in mind. The lodge has no fencing, and has a minimal impact on the surrounding nature. The lodge blends into the African bush and animals of all kinds often enter the grounds. Some of our regular visitors include an adorable family of warthogs, often spotted either on our lawns or at our watering hole. Nights are filled with the sounds of nocturnal animals. As the early dawn light heralds the new day, guests awaken to the distant sounds of waking wildlife.

Our safari lodge has 4 spacious en-suite thatch-roofed rooms, decorated in a modern style and capable of comfortably sleeping 2. Our rooms are spacious and in staying true to the aesthetic of the lodge, the space is designed to bring you closer to nature. Rooms have enough sleeping space for two. Each room has two beds which can be transformed into a comfortable double bed. The rooms are air-conditioned and the beds have mosquito nets. As for the bathrooms, guests will have their own indoor and outdoor shower. The rooms are serviced during the day while you are on a drive. In staying true to the aesthetic of the lodge, the space is designed to bring you closer to nature.

Game Drives
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A real African safari is the quintessential experience when you are at Toro Yaka. We have morning and afternoon game drives, with a highly experienced, passionate guide at the wheel. Unlike other safaris, ours is not a checklist experience. Nothing is rushed and we take nature as it comes. The locations in which we take our guests on safari are filled with interesting animals to see including elephant, rhino, lion and a great population of antelope.

The animals we see in the Balule Nature Reserve often move between this nature reserve and the Kruger, through open borders. Our guide is an expert tracker and is filled with knowledge about both the wildlife and the plants you will encounter.

To bring you even closer to nature, we also offer bush walks.

Dining
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Meals are an extra special occasion at Toro Yaka. Food is an important aspect of African culture and our guests can look forward to exquisitely prepared meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is catered for in true African style.

We take care to create meals that cater specifically to the dietary requirements of our guests. It is essential to note these requirements whilst booking, as we serve a set menu. All meals are freshly prepared at the lodge, by an experienced, creative chef. Our lodge has communal indoor and outdoor dining areas, as well as a Boma beneath the open, clear African skies.

Toro Yaka is dedicated to the preservation of the pristine African nature in which the lodge has been built. To this end, we do all that we can to leave no trace.

Massage
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Relaxing in our tranquil setting is taken to new heights when you treat yourself to a massage. Nicole is a qualified massage therapist and her treatments at the lodge include Swedish massage, Indian head massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Shiatsu. She is also qualified in Kinesiology and The Reconnection. There is hardly a better way to start or end the day than with one of her treatments.

Our massage treatments are inspired by the surrounding nature and cater to both men and women. This is one way to completely reinvigorate both the body and the mind while on a quiet holiday at our exclusive lodge. Treatments need to be booked in advance and are not included as part of your stay at Toro Yaka.

Please ask for more information about our unique treatments when booking your accommodation.

  •   Stayed as 2 couples at the end of August and were truely amazed at pretty much everything the lodge had to offer. - Staff were amazing, attentive and friendly. - Food was fantastic! Still think about the banana bread now. - Mike was a great...More

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    10/08/2018
  •   This is a gem of little place. The service you get and attention to detail from all staff is what makes this gem. I absolutely loved every minute of my stay. Excellent food too, great setting for every meal, wonderful easy and relaxed game drives...More

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    8/06/2018
  •   We had a wonderful 4 night stay at Toro Yaka and we loved every minute of it. Whenever we arrived at the lodge there was always someone waiting to greet us which is a lovely gesture. The drives with Michael were amazing - his knowledge...More

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    9/30/2018
  •   The rave reviews of Toro Yaka are very well deserved! My husband and I spent 4 nights of our honeymoon here, and wish we had extended our stay! Communication from the beginning was exceptional, and from the minute we arrived, we knew we were in...More

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    6/29/2018
  •   The Tora Yaka Lodge was a wonderful place with fabulous safari drives, employees that worked hard to make our stay memorable, fabulous food and owners Nichole and Steve that were involved day to day to make sure we were happy. The visit started with greetings...More

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    8/26/2018
  •   We had an absolutely incredible stay. It's no surprise that 50% of their guests return at least once - and some multiple times. The lodge, food, customer service, and ambience far exceeded expectations. And the game drives with Mike were unbelievable. Highly recommended - we...More

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    4/23/2019
  •   This was my second visit to Toro Yaka, which means "my dream" and once again spectacularly exceeded my dreams for an African safari. From the moment one is greeted with a cold drink on arrival no detail is left to chance. Nicole, Amore all the...More

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    4/07/2019
  •   We stayed at Toro Yaka for four nights and we had the best time ever. Nicole and the team are doing an amazing job. The food is sensational and the lodge is located in the beautiful Balule Nature reserve. Mike, our scout, was just fantastic...More

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    12/17/2018
  •   We only had one regret coming to Toro Yaka.. we didn't stay long enough!!!!! What an amazing place! The lodge is close to Hoedspruit airport where we flew in to (from Cape Town) and our driver was there waiting for us (arranged by Toro Yaka), the trip was about 45 mins total to the lodge. Nicole and Amore, with their staff Brenda, Tholapi & Goodman were incredibly warming and the service was amazing and attentive. It was great having the staff join us for some meals and it felt like a home away from home just chatting about our safaris and animals and life in South Africa! Our room was always made up and spotless, with lots of nice little touches that set this place apart from most other places! Dinners in the Boma were always a great way to wind down and enjoy some of the amazing food that Nicole and Portia would whip up, no matter what food you like or don't like they always made something amazing for every guest. The game drives with Mike were spectacular. We did not expect to see the amount of wildlife we did.. we had to start writing it all down each drive!! Mike is an absolute legend and bush-badass, his knowledge of every single animal we encountered was incredible and we learnt so much. We always felt safe with Mike and were astounded with his tracking and night vision skills!... We only had one regret coming to Toro Yaka.. we didn't stay long enough!!!!!
    What an amazing place!

    The lodge is close to Hoedspruit airport where we flew in to (from Cape Town) and our driver was there waiting for us (arranged by Toro Yaka), the trip was about 45 mins total to the lodge.

    Nicole and Amore, with their staff Brenda, Tholapi & Goodman were incredibly warming and the service was amazing and attentive. It was great having the staff join us for some meals and it felt like a home away from home just chatting about our safaris and animals and life in South Africa! Our room was always made up and spotless, with lots of nice little touches that set this place apart from most other places!
    Dinners in the Boma were always a great way to wind down and enjoy some of the amazing food that Nicole and Portia would whip up, no matter what food you like or don't like they always made something amazing for every guest.

    The game drives with Mike were spectacular. We did not expect to see the amount of wildlife we did.. we had to start writing it all down each drive!!
    Mike is an absolute legend and bush-badass, his knowledge of every single animal we encountered was incredible and we learnt so much. We always felt safe with Mike and were astounded with his tracking and night vision skills! His passion for his work and the wildlife of South Africa was evident, which made a lot of what he taught us stick with us forever.

    Everything about Toro Yaka was just incredible and we have not stopped talking about it to anyone that will listen

    We will be back!!

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    5/22/2019
  •   Extremely impressed with Nicole's hospitality and the excellent service and attention provided by her staff. Each member of staff knew their guests names and were always friendly and polite, an excellent example of customer service and attention. Food was excellent throughout our stay and Nicole...More

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    11/25/2018

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