About us

The Philipps and Kroon families are the dedicated owners and driving forces behind Toro River Lodges, exclusive-use safari destination. Their shared conservation beliefs, safari lifestyles, and pride of South African heritage have created a longtime friendship. It brings the unique mix and diverse aspect to 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!
Get up close and personal with the Big 5 and the multitude of diverse Southern African wildlife and its incredible nature, scenery, flora, and fauna. This unforgettable safari destination is located in the wilds of the Kruger area in South Africa and will cater to the needs of every safari adventurer. We specialize in exclusive-use safaris. It means that you, your family and friends will have one of our lodges and game drive vehicle/s with guide/s, all to yourself. Your all-inclusive package includes two game drives a day, guided safari walks, gourmet meals, drinks and all you would expect from a world-class safari. Groups of 4 to 16 guests will experience the safari trip of a lifetime with us.
We have a self-catering option for our South African guests so book your dates directly with us. Write to

Toro River Lodges | African dream safari

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 also the protection of the species. And, while not fishing, Brad spends his time guiding clients on a safari across the African continent. He spends 4 months every year back in Africa with Cindy and their two children, Darren and Lyndsey.

Gerrit and Marita Kroon, have quite a successful history in safari related businesses. They were the owners of Kristi’s Kamp safari lodge. Sadly, however, in 2015 this popular lodge burnt to the ground. However, that opened the way for the investment of purchasing more land and hence the development of ‘Toro River Lodges’.

That is how your unforgettable exclusive-use Safari destination was created.

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