Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa

Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is a traditional safari lodge located in the Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park.

Why We Love it and You Will Too

  • Being small and intimate, you’ll quickly feel like part of the family at Toro Yaka. The atmosphere is congenial and incredibly down to earth – perfect if you’re allergic to strict routines on your holidays. 
  • Up for some “bushwacking”? At Toro Yaka, two 4x4 guided game drives depart daily (morning and evening) and are led by experienced and knowledgeable tracker-guides. 
  • In addition to the large mammals seen on guided game drives like lions, elephants, buffalos and giraffes, daily bush walks will bring you closer to the smaller creatures, which includes insects, birds and reptiles, which you will soon come to love.
  • If you’re fond of birds, the reserve features just over 250 different, species, including Pel’s Fishing Owl, the Southern Ground Hornbill, the Lappet-Faced Vulture.
  • In between safari activities, you can lounge on the deck or swim in the pool. Nicole, one of the lodge owners, also offers a number of soothing treatments at her on-site spa room.

Your Toro Yaka Lodge Experience

The location and layout of Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is truly superb. Here in the Balule Game Reserve, you are completely surrounded by nature without a highway in sight.

Another stand-out feature of this loveable lodge is its warm and welcoming atmosphere. The lodge owners are very much involved with the day-to-day operations and the rest of the team work together to make sure your stay is comfortable and relaxed. There is always someone nearby to help you or offer you a hot or cold drink, or a genuine smile.

The guides are true professionals and make sure game drives run like clockwork. They are master storytellers and can pinpoint the exact location of certain wildlife, from prides of lions, to towering giraffes and warthogs on patrol. They will even sit with you for a while during dinner by the fire to share some of their favourite bush stories. If you’re looking for a safari with that sort of personal experience, then you really can’t go wrong with a few nights at Toro Yaka. 

The rooms are spacious and provide total privacy, and after a busy day out in the Balule bush, you’ll always feel like you’re coming home. The beds are big and comfy, and the air-conditioning is a huge plus when the temperature heats up.  

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