Toro Yaka Bush Lodge Balule Game Reserve
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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests8
  • Rooms/Units4
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is a highly recommended Limpopo game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Valley of the Olifants.

About Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

Owner / Manager team, Steve and 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.

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 tranquillity 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 four en-suite double rooms ensure tranquillity and comfort at all times.

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.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement


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 areas include indoor and outdoor dining areas, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and an honesty bar.

The Boma offers and 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 and abundance of bird species and animals gathering at the waterholes can be views from the communal lodge area and the pool deck.

All the rooms are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans, mosquito nets and private decks. The en-suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, double basins and separate toilets. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the insect screens ensure closeness to nature, while keeping the “creepy crawlies” out.

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.


At the lodge we offer two safari activities per day (morning and afternoon/evening). They are done in the Balule Nature Reserve and last 3-4 hours long.

In the Reserve
• Game drives, in an open 4x4, give you a chance to see big game of all varieties. Balule has a high number of giraffe. These are exquisite animals to see and they form a large part of the diet of our local lion pride
• Morning bush walks offer a wonderful opportunity to see nature from a different perspective. The only way to truly experience the pulse of the African bush is through your feet
• Birding in the Balule Nature Reserve is very rewarding, and our bird list to date has over 250 birds on it.

Massage treatments
Spoil yourself with a relaxing massage. We offer various forms of massage treatments on site

Other activities in the area include
• The Kruger National Park – we are 1 hour's drive from either Orpen or Phalaborwa Gate
• Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
• Khamai Reptile Park
• Hot Air balloon flights
• White water rafting
The Blyde Canyon
• Horse Riding
• Boat trips on Blyde Dam or the Olifants River

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

En-Suite Rooms

Each room is equipped with an overhead fan, air-conditioner and mosquito nets. They have beautiful English Colonial décor, all under thatch roof to ensure luxurious accommodation. Features: Twin beds, King beds, En-suite, Air-Conditioning, Balcony/patio, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities

  • Air-conditioning  
  • Area information booklet  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fan(s)  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Heater(s)  
  • International plug point(s)  
  • Patio / verandah / balcony  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 4
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

En-suite accommodation.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Teas and Coffees.
Safari Activities

All beverages and cooldrinks.
Conservation levy: R70 per car and R170 per person per stay

Guest Reviews

1 Review from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Accueil parfait. Ambiance bienveillante et familiale. Respect et amour des animaux ressentis à chaque instant. Jardin avec faune et flore très variées. Nourriture excellente à base de produits frais, recettes très originales et toujours réussies de Nicole. Merci à Michael et Brandon pour les game drive exceptionnels Merci à Amor pour les attentions Merci à Brenda, Tilapi et Genette pour l'entretien impeccable et les repas. Merci à Nicole et Steeve d'avoir un jour eu l'idée d'acheter ce lodge et d'en avoir fait un vrai paradis sur terre.

March 2018

Laëtitia LARDON (La Réunion)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren 16 years and over are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Hoedspruit Airport - 45km
Phalaborwa Airport - 80km
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - 250km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 13h00
Check-out by 11h00

Payment methods accepted by the property Paypal, Diners, Visa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since October 2010

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