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5 Days Bush Safari in Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa
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Thrilling Safari in South Africa

A real African safari is the quintessential experience when you are at Toro Yaka. You will have morning and afternoon game drives with a highly experienced and passionate guide at the wheel. Unlike other safaris, this is not a checklist experience. Nothing is rushed and you'll take nature as it comes. The locations you'll visit are filled with interesting animals to see including elephant, rhino, lion, and a great population of antelope.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: 2 to 8 persons
  • Children policy: Children are not allowed in this safari
  • Languages: English and German
  • Park and conservation fees are not included.


  • Thrilling bush walks
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Spot elephants, rhinos, lions, and antelopes
  • Explore Balule Nature Reserve inside Kruger National Park
  • Game drives in an open safari vehicle
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Owner and manager team Steve and Nicole Baillie would like to invite you to visit Toro Yaka Bush Lodge. It 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.

ToroYaka 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.

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 tranquility and comfort at all times.

Steve is now a trainer / instructor in a nearby reserve, you might see him during your stay. Nicole is a qualified holistic massage therapist and takes care of all the tiny details. Amore is at Nicole's side assisting in the runnings of the lodge. Mike, your guide, has been working as a guide for a decade. His passion and enthusiasm for nature is inspiring.

Together with the Toro Yaka Staff, they will ensure your stay to be a memorable one.


Toro Yaka Bush Lodge has four spacious en-suite thatch-roofed rooms, decorated in a modern style and capable of comfortably sleeping two. The rooms are spacious and in staying true to the aesthetic of the lodge, the space is designed to bring you closer to nature.

The rooms have enough sleeping space for two. Each room has two beds which can be transformed into a comfortable double bed. The rooms are air-conditioned and the beds have mosquito nets. As for the bathrooms, guests will have their own indoor and outdoor shower. The rooms are serviced during the day while you are on a drive.


Typical day

Your typical day would start with an early morning safari. Times are subject to change with the seasons. To give you an idea, the winter morning safaris start at 6 to 6:30 a.m. Summer morning safaris start at 5 to 5:30 a.m. Breakfast is served once guests return from the safari. Lunch is at 2 p.m. every day.

Your afternoon safari would typically start at 3:30 p.m. in winter and 4 to 4:30 p.m. in summer. Reasons for the time difference is, of course, the heat. Dinner is served after the afternoon safari. Guests have ample time between safari and dinner to shower and do whatever they need to do.

Game drives

Experiencing the real African safari is what you can expect when staying at Toro Yaka. You will have morning and afternoon safaris in the beautiful Balule Nature Reserve.

Along with a few other nature reserves in the region, Balule is situated right next to the Kruger National Park and enjoys the benefits of the open fence policy. This open policy allows you to see all kinds of wildlife. Game drives are done in open safari vehicles and you will be guided by an expert game ranger.

Bush walks

There is no better way to get closer to nature than by going on a morning bush walk where you will truly feel Africa’s heartbeat through your feet. These walks are focused on seeing and experiencing the smaller things in life.

During the walk, you will have the opportunity to observe the roles that mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds play in the ecosystems. The quiet is surreal and you’ll easily feel as though you are a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Balule Nature Reserve 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.


During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. You will also be provided with teas and coffee.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Other activities within the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere include:

  • The Kruger National Park
  • Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Khamai Reptile Park
  • Hot air balloon flights
  • The Panorama Route
  • Horse riding
  • White water rafting
  • Boat trips on the Blyde Dam or the Olifants River
  • Mafunyane Tribal Village

What's included

  • 2 safari activities per day
  • Services of a professional driver / guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Tea and coffee

What's not included

  • Conservation levies (170 ZAR per person per stay and 70 ZAR per vehicle)
  • Drinks
  • Massage

How to get there

Driving directions from Gauteng

  • Follow the N4 towards Nelspruit.
  • Take the Belfast off ramp and drive through Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenberg and Origstad.
  • Go over the Abel Erasmus Pass, through the Strydom Tunnel, and on to Hoedspruit.
  • Once in Hoedspruit, turn left at the four-way stop onto the R40 towards Phalaborwa.
  • Approximately 17 kilometers from the four-way stop; turn right into the Olifants West gate entering into the Balule Nature Reserve. A reserve entrance fee is payable at the gate.
  • Once inside, turn immediately left into Marula lane. The road runs along the fence for approximately 500 meters before it turns away from the fence to the right.
  • Follow this road until a four-way intersection is reached.
  • Turn right onto Sable road and continue straight until the Toro Yaka sign on your right.
  • The drive along the dirt road is approximately 7 kilometers and can be done in any car. The staff will be waiting at the lodge to meet you.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports are Nelspruit Airport (NLP) and Hendrik Van Eck Airport (PHW).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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