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.

Rates from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
Single Room Rates are per person, per night with VAT included Sharing Room Rates are per person, per night with VAT included
R3500 per night R2500 per person per night
All inclusive Rates from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
Single Room Rates are per person, per night with VAT included Sharing Room Rates are per person, per night with VAT included
R4500 per night R3500 per person per night
Rates from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
Single Room Rates are per person, per night with VAT included Sharing Room Rates are per person, per night with VAT included
R3780 per person per night R2700 per person per night

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Contact details:  +27 (0)82 308 5763


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.


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.


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


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.


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