Author: 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 bring our years of service and African expertise to this special Private Game Reserve. We offer exclusive Safaris for you and your family together with friends to experience UNTAMED Africa.

An episode out of Planet Earth !!!


The perfect African Safari !! Personal attention way beyond the call of duty !! The bungalows were sumptuous with a great fireplace. The food was typical and delicious, cooked fresh every night over a wood fire in the boma. Every breakfast was spent witnessing big game going by the lodge, including giraffes and elephants. We went on Safari drives or walks twice a day, and I got to see all Big Five. During my first outing, we witnessed a lion kill. My Zulu guide even showed me how to track the abundant wildlife. I made a lot of friends, locals, and neighbors, and acquired a great insight into the life and management of a game preserve in Africa.   Brad and Cindy Philipps are the perfect hosts, as they treat you as a family. I fully and unconditionally recommend Toro River Lodges for an unforgettable African Safari.

Tom Irizarry
Puerto Rico
Stayed at Toro River Lodge:  Aug 2017

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My Wife and I had an amazing visit to Toro River Lodges. The accommodation is comfortable and well suited with all the amenities you would need in the bush. The views are amazing and the lodge comfortable and well kitted. The staff were always friendly and made us feel comfortable from the minute we arrived. The game viewing is incredible and the guides were professional and knowledgeable. We will definitely be going back in the very near future!
Bryan Betton
South Africa
Their stay: August 2017
Toro River Lodges | African dream safari

Bush hospitality at its best!


Toro River Lodges | African dream safari

Ashleigh – age 8 stayed at Toro 15-19 July 2017 – Kids on Safari
“Toro is fun, it is interesting, you learn things, it is exciting! I really loved seeing all the animals – especially the elephant and their baby, the buffalo and the lion eating its kill. It’s pretty and the game drives are fun!”

Toro River Lodges | African dream safari

Josh – age 12 stayed at Toro 15-19 July 2017 – Kids on Safari
“Rating 10/10! Toro is fun, safe if you understand the environment, welcoming, beautiful, it makes you feel comfortable and is the best wildlife experience you’ll ever get! The pool is awesome – its cold but refreshing on the very hot days”

Toro River Lodges | African dream safari

Bush hospitality at it’s best! From the moment you cross the bridge into the ‘lapa’ area of Toro River Lodge – you feel the magic of Toro. The décor and ambiance of the Main living areas extend to the private suites – all overlooking the river. The entertainment area lends itself to the lazy enjoyment of fellow guests and the game viewing that’s possible from the lodge itself. Braaing dinner in the outdoor ‘lapa’ area was always the perfect end to the day. The big night skies are amazing! Game drives are a real highlight! Elephant herds (with the tiniest calf we have ever seen still suckling on its mother) right up at the vehicle, lions feasting on a kudu and many sightings of our favorite giraffe were particularly exciting game sightings. Our ranger Andrews was a fountain of knowledge and was so good and patient with our kids. Toro provided an amazing farewell for us when an elephant walked below our suite viewing deck while we were waking up and onto the waterhole in front of where we had our final breakfast. Toro provided some of the most spectacular views and game sightings we have had – highly recommended.
Rosie and Sean Wilkins

South Africa
Their stay: July 2017

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AMAZING family safari experience!!!


Our visit to Toro River Lodge was a super special family experience. The rooms were luxurious and private, the communal spaces comfortable and relaxed and the staff extremely knowledgeable about the area, animals, and environment. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed the early morning and sunset game drives as well as relaxing during the day on our private verandas or at the pool or on the main deck overlooking the dam where animals could often be seen coming to drink. Lying in bed at night listening to all the animal calls was such a magical way to end the day… We will definitely be back!!!
Candice and Simon Ward
Daughters Emily and Maddie Ward
South Africa
Their Stay: July 2017

Cheetah | Toro River Lodges

How to keep Young Cheetah Cubs safe

The Fact Of The Day

Cheetah generally gives birth to 3-5 cubs at a time. The cubs must be moved at a young age from place to place by their mother every few days, this helps them survive due to predators. In addition, the cubs must remain hidden in her chosen place,  while the mother hunts for food.

Therefore, the many little spots on the Cheetah cubs’ fur helps them blend into the tall grass, camouflaging them out of sight of predators. Another interesting way the cubs are kept safe is the silvery white colored mane, called a ‘mantle’, that runs from the top of their heads to the end of their backs.

As a result, this mantle, which looks quite like a mohawk hairstyle, gives the Cubs the appearance of a Honey Badger! Especially relevant, Honey Badgers are well known by all animals as a force to be reckoned with. They are tough mammals and are fierce fighters.

No predator likes messing with a Honey Badger!

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Zebras have stripes! Why?

The Fact Of The Day

There have been multiple theories and studies done on why the zebras have stripes. As it is clearly a unique pattern in the animal kingdom, and frankly, it seems to stand out more when compared to other animal patterns.

Surely such an extreme of black and white would make an animal more of a target? But interestingly enough, some have suggested that the stripes do still serve a purpose of camouflage!

How? When zebras are running as a group, the many black and white stripes can actually be quite confusing for predators. For in the eyes of a predator, the zebras seem to become a frenzied unison of stripes. This makes it more difficult to single out the weakest zebras. Which is what a predator, like a lion, must do in order to efficiently hunt and kill its prey.

But a more intriguing theory is that the stripes are actually used against disease-carrying tsetse flies!
These nasty little flies have a difficult time recognizing striped surfaces, and therefore they are less liking to land on the striped pelt of the zebra.

Yet another possible reason for the stripes is thermoregulation.
Due to the fact that zebras digest food less efficiently than other grazers, zebras have to spend a lot more eating during the heat of the day. And long hours in the hot African sun, as you can imagine, is quite trying!
So, therefore, in order to control their body heat, the zebra’s stripes are amazingly able to generate small-scale breezes over the zebra’s body, when the light and dark stripes heat up at different rates.