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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby OWLET » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:36 am

I was in Biyamiti in August in chalet no. 8. The chairs appeared to have been re-covered, and we had a big fridge as well as a brand new dustbin. It is a beautiful little camp with a fantastic view site 10 minutes away. As it is a donor camp do you think the donors have to contribute to the upgrade of the units? We unfortunately had a group of very selfish people next to us in no. 7 and no 6 who made such a noise that they spoiled the two evenings we were there completely. We complained to management, but that is not their fault - just inconsiderate people. The camp is a little gem hidden away, but close enough to Crocodile Bridge to get supplies and gifts at a very nice shop.

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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby stu » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:05 pm

hello forumites as promised here is an update from my recent trip to biyamiti.stopped in unit 15 all furniture was in good order unit was spotless.had a word with sonnika at reception and she confirmed that that unit along with 6 others had been refurbished this year and plans were in place for 7 to be done next year.i found all the staff very helpful and a superb ranger for your game drives his name was elliot.all in all a very enjoyable stay at my 2nd favourite camp after sirheni.
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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby pete_sa » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:26 am

I've got two nights booked in a NGC5V in December. A couple of questions:

Any particular units recommended for their view and/or privacy?

I am looking at either a night drive or a guided walk from Biyamiti - any experiences/recommendations?

Thanks :D
Biyimati 6 & 7 Dec 2009
Satara 8 & 9 Dec 2009

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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:38 am

1 is near the corner of the camp so you have access to the fence on two sides, but for all bungalows there is only a view of the river from the front. 2 is also nice- both these are shady sites. They are fairly near staff quarter so if there is any celebration you may hear it. 6 is the other nice one (my choice but this is a subjective choice!) also with a view of the river and shady trees. You should phone the camp manager +27 (0)13 735 6171 and ask for one of these three now. Your request will then be added to your booking details and they will do their best to accommodate you. I suggest you give more than one option. If you want privacy above view then go for 14 or 15. All the ones with a view of the river do have people walking past along the fence every now and then - but the fence is not too close to the chalet and I don't think you would find it intrusive.

Biyamiti night drives are usually very good and you have a good chance (no guarantees!) of seeing leopard as there is a resident one on the private road.

Have a great time!

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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:00 pm

The Biyamiti road has a lot of steep downs and ups, especially the longer bit west of the camp.
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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:37 pm

BigRinOz wrote:Anne-Marie......please do post an update here re camp status after your November visit.

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Biyamiti is nice, very nice, the road is very scenic, I saw a lot of Rhino (white rhino). The river was empty, maybe now there is some water.
About maintenance.... when I was here 2 years ago all, almost all was new... now everything is old, worn, lacking attention, a lot of small details that could be improved and make the stay still more pleasant... it's shame the place is so beautiful, but I have spend 3 wonderful nights. I don't know yet if in 2 years..... depend of the maintenance ... :hmz:
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Biyamiti Camp Road Access

Unread postby African Lynx » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:21 am

I have noticed a disturbing trend in some of the trip reports and general comments in the forums. As far as I knew, the access road to Biyamiti is for RESIDENTS only and the entrance to that access road has a sign prominently displaying that fact. I have read in a few trip reports of people using the road even though they arent residents. It seems like even some of the people on the forums that know and advocate the rules are still bending them to suit themselves.

I could be completely wrong of course. I could have missed the fact that this road is now open to the general public. If that is the case, I humbly apologise and it will be my 1st port of call in December!!

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Re: Biyamiti Camp Road Access

Unread postby Tony Park » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:48 am

I just stayed there a week or so ago. The road is still definitely (supposed to be) for residents only.

Had a great week at Biyamiti - saw buffalo, elephant and rhino nearly every day from the lodge. Our friends were up half an hour earlier than us and saw wild dog running along the far side of the river.

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Re: Biyamiti Camp Road Access

Unread postby Elmar » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:29 pm

I believe that Biyamiti's private road is part of the bush camp's attraction. Indeed if the road is opened up people would soon like to stop at the camp for a leg stretch, to use the restrooms (which they don't have) and it wont be long before there are demands for a restaurant. Just as the private concession areas of Singita, Lukimbi and Mpanamana are out of bounds for non-residents, the same applies to Biyamiti.

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Biyamiti with a child

Unread postby Magic Guarri » Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:27 pm

Hi everyone!

I am planing a trip to Kruger in August 2011.

I would like to stay in Biyamiti for 3 nights. We have a boy and he will be 2 1/2 years in August 2011.

Can anyone please help me. Is our boy to young to stay in a bushcamp?

Thanks so much for your help!!

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Re: Biyamiti with a child

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:32 pm

:thumbs_up: Agree ... no problems to take children there.
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Re: Biyamiti with a child

Unread postby Bushcraft » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:27 pm

Hey MG;

We have been to Biyamiti 3 times in the last 18 months and our kids were 2, 4 and 6 on the 1st trip. No problems :thumbs_up:

Some units are better suited for kids as they have a more open grass patch in front and others are in denser bush. There are also 4 unit types (NGC5V (5 of), NGC5 (5 of), NCO2+2V (4 of) and NCO2+2 (1 of)).

Below are the unit numbers of the ones that I find better suited for kids

NGC5V – 7 or 6 (These are probably, in my opinion, the best units even if you don’t have kids)
NGC5 – 15 or 14
NCO2+2V – 8
NCO2+2 – only 1 unit – 10

Phone the camp manager and see if he will help you out

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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby francoisd » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:16 pm

Depending on the type of unit you booked No 8 (NCO2+2V) is our favourite. There is a ravine between 8 and 7 and 8 is set more forward than 9 so when sitting on the veranda you feel you are alone. The braai of 8 is also set a little bit away from the unite towards the fence so is nice to sit around the fire, look out over the river with the fire going and a sun downer in the hand.

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Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

Unread postby SusieB » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:36 pm

We stayed at #2 in August and I can certainly recommend it, we had a nice view out over the riverbed - having said that I believe all the cottages with the 'V' in the code would have a pretty good view.
It's a wonderful camp and just can't wait to get back! I do hope you have a good trip. :)

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Re: Biyamiti with a child

Unread postby AnneS » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:48 pm

There's no doubt that Biyamiti is wonderful for a child, and can be 100 percent great for other visitors who've chosen this quiet, peaceful, wonderful camp. On the other hand, for those parents who believe their kids have right of way, and need to exercise their lungs and legs after an overlong day in the vehicle, I'm less enamoured. Last time we stayed there, two families/groups of friends, had booked huts either side of ours. Ours was the thoroughfare for three kids under five. I have had kids and am fully understanding of the issues surrounding them, but it's the lack of parental supervision that's the issue. I'm not an old grump, I just choose Biyamiti in my, sadly, single annual trip to Kruger, and choose it purely for its solitude and quiet. While appreciating that I don't own the camp, I do think those who go there, go there for the self same reason. Usually.


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