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 Post subject: Biyamiti
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 7:28 pm 
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Hi - we have stayed at Biyamiti many times.
It is a lovely little bush camp.
The private road is a real bonus and we have seen both lion and leopard on this road on countless occasions. We have also seen the dwarf elephant who happens to frequent this area.
Friends of our still hold the record for the most number of leopard seen on a night drive from Biyamit - 7 different leopard - whilst they were out viewing them a leopard disemboweled an impala in a tree overhanging the fence right outside No. 6.
There have been other occasions where we have stayed there but seen very little - it is all in the luck of the draw!
Just be careful on the narrow private road when encountering elephant - we have had some rather unnerving experiences!
Watch out for the resident Genets inside the camp too.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 3:21 pm 
Peterv, I think Biyamiti will pleasantly surprise you. It is a great camp. Has 220v electricity. Crocbridge is not to far away in case you need a shop or petrol. Wood and ice are sold at the camp itself.
Advice: Contact the camp beforehand and put in a request to stay in one of the units from nr. 1 to 9.
Been there many times and have seen a lot (from wild dogs on the access route to lions in the river bed in front of our unit, twice)


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 Post subject: Biyamiti
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Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:47 pm 
Mentioned it before: Biyamiti is our favourite bush camp. Have seen sooo many things in this riverbed.
During maroela season the elllies come to eat at the trees right next to the fence. During winter months the ellies dig waterholes that are used by many animals.
Our highlight at Biyamiti was a pride of lions in the riverbed, right in front of our unit, 18:00 late afternoon.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:46 pm 
arks wrote:
Any recommendations for prime unit(s) at Biyamiti, Jumbo??


Hi Arks

All the units, from nr.1 to 9, have the same view of the river.
Number 15 is also nice. Although it has no river view, you are tucked away in the bush - you see nobody and nobody can see you.
But for a first time visit, take a river view unit. :wink:


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 Post subject: Biyamiti Weir
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:54 am 
Biyamiti Weir.
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The first photo was taken several years ago, might have been about 1998. It was a big pride and it was amazing to see all these lions on the rocks.

The photo of the hippo was taken in January 2005. These hippos really gave us a fright. Driving next to the weir you cannot really see what awaits you ahead because of the reeds, and suddenly there was this clearing and the hippos splashed in the water because they also got a fright. We switched of the car (closed the window) and sat there for a while. At one stage their curiosity got the better of them and they came up to right next to the car, was definitely the closest we have been to a hippo and a remarkable sighting.

The last photo I think was taken in 2001. Was on the S114, just after you get the first turnoff for the loop before the weir. I think it would be safe to say that this big pride was the same as those we saw in 1998. This was also a great sighting. We sat with the pride for a very long time before another vehicle approached.
Here is a photo of one of the males that was in this pride.

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Except for these two lion sightings, we had several more in the area around the weir.

Some other interesting sightings at the weir:
3 different types of raptors fighting over a very long snake that was caught by one.
After some heavy rains, we saw how the Biyamiti river came down in flood. The water was actually making a huge bow as is went over the weir.

When in this area, we always give the weir a visit.


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Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:26 am 
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If you get a guide by the name of Van Rooi you are in for a real treat


The man himself, during a morning walk. Great experience - also very educational.

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 Post subject: Biyamiti Camp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:43 pm 
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Taken in Biyamiti Camp standing at the fence in front of unit 7.
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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:39 am 
Some of the units we have stayed in at Biyamiti

Guest Cottage # 1

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Guest Cottage # 6

Zebra and her kids
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Guest Cottage # 7

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Guest Cottage # 14
No view of the river but nerveless a great experience.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:06 pm 
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Here are some of pictureman's Biyamiti pictures.
(His originals are bigger and better quality. I resized some for faster download.)


cabin 10 from the bird hide
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visitor to the kitchen area
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bushbuck from the doorway
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the river in calmer mood
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I will post another 5 later.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:54 am 
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The famous no 6

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And some with it's view:

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Smaller cottage - no 5 (where we stayed)

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:03 pm 
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We want to take my Mom, turning 86 this year, to Kruger. She has been a visitor to the Park for more than 50 years, but has yet to stay in a Bush-camp. She has lost almost all mobility and is mostly dependant on a wheelchair. Are there any facilities for disabled people at Biyamiti? Would we be able to take her for walks in the camp in the wheelchair?


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 Post subject: Wheelchairs at Biyamiti
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Dear Naomi :D

This is one area where Biyamiti is unfortunately still lacking. None of our cottages does make provision for mobility impaired persons and the camp is fairly difficult to negotiate in a wheelchair with steep inclines towards the river side as well as some very sandy patches. We have accommodated persons in wheelchairs in the past and do have a mobile ramp to put up at the cottage to make access easier. The right person to contact in this regard is Chris Patton at our Pretoria office. I will ask him to respond to your posting.

Warm greetings from the bush
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