The original idea for our bush lodge began when owners Nicole and Steve decided to create a place where nature could take centre stage. As a bush paradise, the lodge has everything you’d expect from a 5-star retreat: great food, exceptional hospitality, plenty of time spent in untouched nature, and a home away from home style of accommodation, where guests can truly relax and rejuvenate.
Just 4 days after Steve and Nicole were married, they set foot in Toro Yaka for the very first time.
They had seen the lodge advertised in Africa Geographic, and while they were in the area, decided to pay an unexpected visit. Although at that time they worked at a different lodge, owning a lodge had never been far from their minds. On the 15th of June 2006, their dreams came to life. They bought Toro Yaka, which translates quite aptly to “My Dream” in Northern Sotho, and finally had the opportunity to create the tranquil African bush lodge they had always envisioned.
The staff at Toro Yaka are one of the reasons why time spent here is so rewarding. They spoil guests and ensure that they are always well taken care of. The staff are friendly and helpful, as well as tremendously skilled. From general maintenance and cleaning to running the lodge and preparing exquisite meals, our staff excel at customer service.
Conservation and care for the environment are always at the forefront of our minds. We only use eco-friendly products and we are committed to recycling everything we can. We also take care of the land on which the lodge has been built. Alien plants are removed and we practice mattress packing to prevent soil erosion.
About Nicole and Steve
The driving force behind Toroyaka are two souls who are passionate about Africa. Married beneath a Weeping Boer Bean Tree, on the dry river bed of the Great Hlararalumi River, Nicole and Steve, the owners of Toroyaka, are truly bush babies.
Steve was born in beautiful Zimbabwe and grew up in Johannesburg, a city totally in conflict with his love for wild open spaces. Steve always harboured a love for the bush and from the youngest age, he knew he’d become Game Ranger. Nothing could stand in the way of his immense passion, and he went on to become a member of the field guide association while he also has his level 3 SKS tails guide qualification and his SKS Birding. Having spent every birthday in the bush since he was 21, his love for the wild African bush is enduring.
Nicole was born and raised in a city she loves; Pretoria. There she qualified as a reflexologist, massage therapist and kinesiologist. When the opportunity to work at a game lodge came her way, she started a life that couldn’t be more different from the one she knew! It didn’t take long for Nicole to fall head over heels in love with the bush and she has never looked back.