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About Toro River Lodges

Toro River Lodges is a Big 5 African Safari destination located in the Kruger area of South Africa…catering to your every safari Dream!

We specialize in ”exclusive-use” safaris, meaning you, your family and friends will have one of our Safari Packages and accompanying Game Drive Vehicle/s with Guide/s, all to yourselves with 2 additional Chalets designated for your own staff at no extra cost.

With totally self-catering packages designed especially with our South African Guests in mind, yet still offering all the our lodging, drives, walks, and facilities.

Toro River Lodges comprises of 7 spacious King size beds Individual Chalets (King size bed, with the option of a sleeper couch for the kids) for SELF CATERING SAFARI PACKAGES.

· All Chalets occupy a prime slightly elevated position, overlooking the perennial Makhutswi River

· Lodge facilities include a shared lounge, dining and relaxation space, with an expansive wooden deck overlooking the Makhustwi River and Toro Hippo Pool, with a Raised Hig-Tea area right alongside Hippo Pool.

3 Villas have been recently upgraded or rebuilt and 1 is completely new, designed for privacy and optimum appreciation of the surrounding wilderness.

Each Single Unit is:

Double volume wardrobe area
Outdoor shower overlooking the river and indigenous vegetation
Lounge area with fireplace
Expansive viewing deck with a covered seating area.
Full range of dietary preferences catered for.
Free Wi-Fi only in the common area

And 2 additional Chalets if you want to bring your own staff with accommodation at no extra cost.

Brad & Cindy Philipps together with their children Darren and Lyndsey are the dedicated owners and driving forces behind Toro River Lodges. A long-time passion was born from their beliefs in conservation, safari lifestyles and pride of South African heritage.

"Mi Casa es su Casa"

Our friends and family groups are welcome to enjoy one of the most spectacular and intimate of settings. Our chalets are located on the banks of the 'Makhutswi' River, where we share our area with the hippo and crocodile residents, as well as the frequent “Big Five” visitors wondering through to the water hole, located in the North of Kruger Area of South Africa, where your outdoor safari experience comes to live on 26,000 hectares of wildlife.

Unlike other places, your game viewing experience is not confined to main roads, as our guides are able to navigate through dense bush following our trackers in the front, leading you to sights otherwise unseen.

We offer you the privilege of sharing our accommodation time in the "Makalali" reserve once a year, which is affordable for our friends and works well.

If you love preparing food, while enjoying a drink and each other's company during the process, this is for you and that is why you prefer the idea of ​​self-catering or sharing it while we are here.

Our special price is R 43,125 for three nights at the Lodge (for five couples).
This results in R 8,625 per couple for the three nights.Includes:
Two safaris per day
Room cleaning
Use of kitchen facilities and utensils
Table setting
Dishwashing after meals

All food, snacks and drinks are brought by you.

This price also makes it relatively easy to find enough couples to join to fill the entire camp.

Also please consider a fee / tip for the ranger, tracker, and cleaning staff.

Reserve your space for next year with the options of entering Sunday to Wednesday (leaving Thursday morning) and Thursday to Saturday (leaving Sunday morning).

We will proceed to allocate the weeks according to the preferences of each group of friends, but if there is an oversubscription, we suggest you take what is available.

Once a time slot is assigned, is expected to get a deposit 3-4 months in advance and the balance to be paid 2-4 weeks in advance.

Brad and Cindy Philipps have years of International experience, from providing to the needs of sports fishing anglers at their lodge in Guatemala to other global sportfishing destinations. Nobody on the planet has released more sailfish and marlin. They continue their participation in the release ethos of bill-fishing, and, true to their nature, also the protection of the species.

There is a significant sense of accomplishment in a profession when the purpose of potency in it, the point of productivity, the point at which skills begin to show and generate profit, has been reached. Due to this success, the Philipps family bring valuable safari adventures to South Africa. Over the decades, a vast reservoir of knowledge of the details have been accumulated, laying the foundation, forming friendships, earning a reputation for truthfulness, reliability and integrity, through fame and prestige earned in the world of service and establishing our credit as one of the best safari experiences.

And, whilst not fishing, they spend their time guiding clients on a safari across the African continent every year back in Africa with , hosting personally their friends and friends of friends.

• Accommodation
• Dawn and dusk safaris in open ford cruiser vehicle or Guided Walks
• Daily Laundry 
• Toro River Lodges guests pay an entrance fee of R350.00 per person, which is payable at the ‘Makalali’ Private Game Reserve Gate direct. When ground transfers are handled by us, this rate is included in the total drive fee per transfer
• Curio & telephone
• Anything of a personal nature/anything not specified
• VAT 15% sales TAX
If you would like us to confirm the reservation, please provide the following information for each person:
• Surname and First names
• Nationality
• Arrival and departure methods
• Mobile contact number
• Room configuration – King sharing or single. Sharing with Kids?

Important information 
• In the event of premature departure, guests will be liable for the full extent of the pre-booked stay.
• Spa treatments are available at Toro River Lodges – previous arrangement.
• Children 2-5 years of age are not permitted on a game drive.
The Guest is obliged to ensure that they have taken out (or the traveling guest has taken out) adequate travel insurance to cover the financial implications of The Toro River Lodges Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
 The Guest will bear the sole and absolute responsibility, therefore.
As the group’s lodges border endemic Malaria areas we recommend that guests take necessary precautions by consulting with their Doctor or Pharmacy prior to visiting any of our Lodges, particularly in the Summer periods. Whilst Malaria cases in guests at our lodges are rare, it is the absolute responsibility of all who visit Malaria endemic regions to take recognized precautions. Guests are to be reminded that most of these precautions require the ingestion of medication sometime prior to arrival in the endemic area. 
All visits to the Lodges are subject to The Toro River Lodges Exclusion of Liability and Indemnity, a copy of which is available on the website.

Safari: We specialize in ''exclusive-use'' safaris, meaning you, your family and friends will have one of our lodges and accompanying Game Drive Vehicle/s with Guide/s, all to yourself, designed especially with our South African Guests in mind.

  • Response Rate: 60%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 12 hours
  • Minimum stay: 3 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 11:00


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • 24H. Check In
  • 24H. Reception
  • 24H. Security
  • All inclusive
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bath
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • House Keeping
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Shuttle service
  • Wake-Up service
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information


Minimum number of 3 night’s stay

Max of 10 pax in a game drive vehicle with FGASA qualified Field Guides

Additional game vehicle available at R2500 per day, if a group of 10 or less, requests it

We have 4 River Side Chalets and 2 adjacent Bush Chalets, which we left to accommodate your own staff...

Minimum number of 3 night’s stay

Max of 10 pax in a game drive vehicle with FGASA qualified Field Guides

Additional game vehicle available at R2500 per day, if a group of 10 or less, requests it

We have 4 River Side Chalets and 2 adjacent Bush Chalets, which we left to accommodate your own staff to make a total of 6 Suites.

Kids of 12 years and under sharing a room with parents can be accommodated at no extra cost with 2 max per Chalet.

Above are Self-Catering rates.

Gate and conservation levies directly to Game Reserve pay R260 per person per entrance.


Cigars & cigarettes; All flights and transfers, Gratuities; Telephone calls; Toro boutique purchases; Spa treatments & products, Toro River Lodges Entrance & conservation fees; Specialist activities such as a night at one of our Toro Tree-house sleep outs; additional scenic tours to surrounding sights, Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window, Lion and Leopard Sanctuary, Hippo interaction and much more.
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Toro River Lodges is 5.9km from the centre of Makalali Private Game Reserve , the nearest airport 41.3km (Eastgate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling