Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Code: Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
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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 biosphere. Toro Yaka 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.

NEAREST AIRPORT Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit)
TRAVEL TIME 45 mins
INCLUDED
En-suite accommodation Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Teas and Coffees Swimming Pool
NOT INCLUDED
All beverages and cooldrinks, Massages, Safari activities (R400ppp activity),
Gratuities, travel insurance, Conservation levy: R50 per car and R100 per person per stay

The Main lodge has been designed to maximize interaction with nature.  During winter the warthogs are regular visitors and most nights the bush babies can be seen.  The communal area includes indoor and outdoor dining areas, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and an honesty bar.  The Boma offers an African dining experience around an open fire under a starlit sky whilst the 9m swimming pool is a refreshing relief from the summer heat.  The gardens’ indigenous trees and flowers attract an abundance of bird species, and animals gathering at the waterhole can be viewed from the communal lodge area and pool deck.

Accommodation

All the rooms are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans, mosquito nets and private decks.   The en-suite bathrooms have both inside and outside showers, double basins and separate toilets.  They are spacious and comfortable and the insect screens ensure closeness with nature, whilst keeping the insects out.

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The Lodge:

The Main lodge has been designed to maximize interaction with nature.  During winter the warthogs are regular visitors and most nights the bush babies can be seen.  The communal area includes indoor and outdoor dining areas, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and an honesty bar.  The Boma offers an African dining experience around an open fire under a starlit sky whilst the 9m swimming pool is a refreshing relief from the summer heat.  The gardens’ indigenous trees and flowers attract an abundance of bird species, and animals gathering at the waterhole can be viewed from the communal lodge area and pool deck.

Accommodation

All the rooms are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans, mosquito nets and private decks.   The en-suite bathrooms have both inside and outside showers, double basins and separate toilets.  They are spacious and comfortable and the insect screens ensure closeness with nature, whilst keeping the insects out.

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Bush Activities

All our bush activities are done by Steve, who is a professional SKS trails guide, qualified through FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) and has been guiding for the last 14 years at lodges all over South Africa.

Morning bush walks offer a wonderful opportunity to see nature from a different perspective. Steve believes the only way to truly experience the pulse of the African bush is through your feet.   Observe how mammals, insects, birds and reptiles, live and inter-act their roles, within the savannah ecosystem.

The game drives, in an open 4×4 land rover, give you a good chance to see big game of all varieties.   Balule has a very high number of Giraffe. These are exquisite animals to see and form a large part of the diet of our local lion pride.  The games drives can be conducted either in the morning or late afternoon.

Birding in the Balule Nature Reserve is very rewarding and Steve’s Balule Bird List to date is >250 species long.   A large variety of birds are found in Toro Yaka’s garden, including sunbirds, kingfishers, owls, francolins, cuckoo’s and many more.  The Region, with its diverse habitat of mountainous forest, riverine forest and bushveld savannah, hosts 80% of the country’s raptor species.   All of the birding “Big 6” (Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill, Lappet faced Vulture, Pels Fishing Owl, Martial Eagle and Saddle billed Stork) have been recorded here

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In the Balule Nature Reserve

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.

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Please Note:

  • Self driving in the Balule Nature Reserve is not permitted.
  • Regrettably, no children under 16 years
  • Contact us for specials that we may have on offer

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