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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
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Toro Yaka Bush Lodge


... is located in the Balulue Reserve in the Kruger Private Reserves area in the Northeast of South Africa.

+ large private reserve
+ important conservation project
+ full range of wildlife
+ open to the Kruger National Park
+ owner hosted
+ high quality lodge
+ massage
+ low visitor traffic
+ off road driving
+ walking safari

Situated to the northwest of the reserve, this pleasant little lodge is personally hosted by owners Steve and Nicole. It has intimate traditional style public areas leading out onto a very nice infinity pool and overlooking a small waterhole. Guest accommodation is in six comfortable chalets with outside showers and private decks.

Activities are centred on vehicle and walking safari, which are led by Steve himself, with traversing rights over 50 square kilometres. The lodge can be booked accommodation only, with pay as you go safari services, but the guide price above includes two safari activities per day.

- partially fenced reserve
- proximity to human habitation
- private residences on the reserve
- only accessible from the main R40 road
- reclaimed farmland
- not particularly wild
- rather tame and over-managed
- lacks game density

The main downside is that the Balule Reserve as a whole does not really feel like pristine wilderness, it being the aggregation of many smaller private plots.

Toro Yaka Bush Lodge is one of the best performing options in this very low price band. It may not be able to quite offer a full immersion safari, but it does deliver and very worthwhile experience.

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Seasonal Lodge Rating
Jan 5.5
Feb 6.0
Mar 6.5
Apr 7.0
May 8.0
Jun 7.5
Jul 7.5
Aug 7.5
Sep 8.0
Oct 8.0
Nov 7.0
Dec 6.0
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