We were booked at this lodge by our Safari operator so didn't know much about it before arrival. Really lucked out because it was a most wonderful place to stay. The lodge was small with beautifully groomed grounds, outdoor pool, only six rooms in two buildings, four of which occupied when we were there. Warm, welcoming and friendly hosts and staff. The atmosphere was homey, intimate and relaxed, a perfect hideaway.
We were in the Leopard room, rustic with modern facilities, large and spacious, tile floors, windows/glass doors on three sides, outside shower, private deck. Good aircon and ceiling fan. The bed firm and comfortable, with a big mosquito net draping to the floor enclosing the night stands, convenient to get in and out of. Coffee/tea making facilities in the room and fresh jar of milk (!) in the small fridge replenished daily. There is also a safe which they encourage you to use.
Food was outstanding, fresh and creative, fit for foodies. Dining in open air on the covered terrace or around the pool, surrounded by trees and some of the most colorful birds. Most times tables were set up for two, breakfast communal style with other guests. Game drives conducted twice a day, at 5:30 am and 4 pm, in open roofless 9 seater jeeps that could go off road for closer game viewing. During the drives there was a coffee/tea stop in the morning and sundown cocktail stop in the evening in scenic spots by the river or on a hill. This was a fabulous start to our three week trip to Southern Africa.
- 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