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 Post subject: Biyamiti Camp Road Access
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:21 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Camp Road Access
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:48 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Camp Road Access
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:48 pm 
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Malelane camp is also supposed to be private - but folk constantly wander in 'to look around' and sometimes even to picnic and/or use the ablutions.

What amuses me is that folk then decide it is a nice quiet camp and come to stay - and one of the first things they do is complain about non-residents disturbing the peace by coming into camp!!!!!!

I have travelled the Biyamiti road once - going to the camp to take binoculars to one of the guides, and even then did not wander around the camp itself. If I wanted to travel the road to see what the camp looked like I would call the manager and ask permission first. Common courtesy really...... and if I wanted to go to any of the other private camps in Kruger I would do the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Camp Road Access
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:29 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:54 pm 
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SusieB wrote:
The bench is there! I have to confess it was my husband Andrew who located it as time was tight. Sorry we forgot the pic, but it's definitely there in the area beyond the bird hide with the plaque as described. Hope this helps :D


Thank you so much Susie B, I appreciate that you managed to find the bench even though you were there for such a short time. We are delighted.


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 Post subject: Biyamiti with a child
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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!!

Have a nice day!
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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti with a child
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:32 pm 
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:thumbs_up: Agree ... no problems to take children there.

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti with a child
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:27 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:16 pm 
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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.

And yes there is some crazy ellies around there

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:36 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti with a child
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:48 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti with a child
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Kids at Biyamiti can have an awesome time - but remember to always respect the fact that others have paid to enjoy the quiet tranquility of the camp.

My clan is always respectful and quiet in bush camps.
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Hey hilda - the elephants in this area are a little crazy

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:22 pm 
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Landy1 wrote:
One question is it better to access the camp from malelane or croc bridge,

Both roads are very interesting and you can have great sightings there. I would take the shorter route to get to the camp and do the rest of the S25 during your stay. Enjoy (I'm sure you will) :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:55 pm 
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Go in from the Malelane Gate and along theS114/S25 then you will be in the park that much sooner! it's 11km longer, but you don't have to drive all the way to Croc bridge first! Keep an eye open for leopard along the Biyamiti private road if you arrive in the evening . . . .


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