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 Post subject: Re: Best gate of entry for Biyamiti
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:26 pm 
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At the moment my advice will be Malelane gate while the h.... is not there:

Its the shortest route in distance and time. 38 km to camps' private road versus 77 km via Croc Bridge. I agree the route in KNP is shorter but you need to drive through another town, which slows you down and your average speed along the highway may only be 100km/h.

The only problem with the longer KNP road is more sight-seeing so 38 km can take you 2 hours as in my case. Thats why we normally try to get bookings in the summer months to reach the camp in time after school closes on a Friday. Last year Jan we entered at ~ 4 pm and only got to the camp at 6:30 pm.

The other advantage is that you're driving east and if you coming in late you will not have to worry about the sun and uncoming traffic will be less closer to camp.

Flip a coin, but if you can't wait to be in the bush, as in my case, there is only one gate and thats Malelane.

You can always shop the next day at Komatipoort after unpacking your luggage. Just take food along in a small coolerbag for the evening. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti camp
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Welcome to the forums, Tyerone :D

Please see photos of accommodation @Biyamiti (posted in this great thread ) 8) here :

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:03 am 
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Hi Bushbuddies

Just got back tonight and although the wiers are closed the viewing is great, there are 3 packs of W/dogs in the area at moment, one on the s25/S114 in the Gardinia area and 2 on the tar between Malelane gate and s118. They are being seen daily Mornings and evenings.
There is a big lion pride 6 males and 6 females/ 8 cubs in the area around Biyamiti as well as 2 cheetah on the s 114 between s118 and H2-2. Didnt see the pride myself as I turned right instead of left when i left camp in the morning :wall: they were on the private road, in the road.
We saw Leopard on the tar road 1km from the Malelane gate and had 2 sightings of different dogs but no lion, we kept missing them. Lots of Leopard sightings beween Malelane and Afsaal at the moment..

Eliot the resident ranger is very knowledgable and his sunset drive was an education. Take a jacket if you go.
The camp is great and the staff friendly as ever,

Hope this wets your appetite, good luck happy viewing


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:34 am 
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The areas teaming with big 5, its a matter of being in the right place as you know.

I know you are all Kruger fanatics like myself so here's a couple of stories about Biyamiti, compliments of Eliot the local ranger.

On Thursday the 29th of March on the morning drive he came across a 3 metre crocodile dragging a male lion which had been dead for +-3days over the road towards the river on the s25 just before Lukimbi lodge.

He hadn't seen such an event so tracked back what had happened, he couldn't establish the cause of death of the male lion but with 6 resident males it might have been obvious.
What was so amazing was the fact that the croc smelled the lion 800 meters away and left the river to fetch that carrion.

He talks about wild dog making a kill right outside the camp at the T junction that the guests all asked him to turn back because they had had their fill.
He's a bird specialist and takes part in the annual Kruger census and talks about the count group leaving at full moon to make sure they include the night heron, which we saw.
Very informative guy.

I don't wont to spoil your exploration anticipation so wont say any more, every day is different, but if you stay in camp for awhile I can recommend interacting with Elliot ex Pretoriuskop guide for those added experiences.
I will be back at Biyamiti for sure,
I look forward to your comments and experiences on the forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 8:34 am 
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carocat wrote:
We are staying in Biyamiti in July, and would like to request No 7 or 9. I have tried calling the listed telephone number , and have left a message, but am not sure if my request has been successful.
Is there perhaps an email address that is active that I could try sending my request.
As we are there for 5 night's I really would like one of the chalet's with the view
Just cant wait !!!!


Dear Carocat

Please note that you can reach Biyamiti Bushcamp on 013 735 6171 alternatively you can email the following staff members: ezekiel.manyathele@sanparks.org; gordon.ramsden@sanparks.org or jerry.magale@sanparks.org.

Enjoy your stay in the park

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 4:59 pm 
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Hey there Carocat! I emailed them a few days ago for my hut request. Then I phoned a few minutes ago as I heard nothing back. I got them on the camp phone and to my great surprise and pleasure they had already allocated my preferred unit!! :thumbs_up: Sometimes you just need to keep trying, but they are very helpful........unlike some other bush camps that start with an S and lie south of the other bushcamp that also starts with an S :whistle: :whistle: :hmz: :whistle: :hmz:

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 Post subject: Biyamiti
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Visited Biyamiti camp over the weekend. New furniture and curtains - well done KNP/SANPARKS! What a nice surprise!


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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Thank you Iynbru. We are glad that you like the new set up.

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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If only Biyamiti had wheelchair friendly units :(

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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Can someone please confirm where the road/bridge closure is near Biyamiti? On the day we depart from Biyamiti, we planned to take the S25 to Crocodile Bridge or our way up to Lower Sabie. I'm thinking this is where the closure is, so that's not going to be possible. Is that correct? If so it looks like it will be quite a ways to get down to Croc Bridge and we may as well go straight to Lower Sabie. ??


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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LeftyLynn, when we were there in May the bridge was open, so unless its been closed again for some reason, I'm sure you will be able to travel to CB and to the malelane road

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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LeftyLynn wrote:
Can someone please confirm where the road/bridge closure is near Biyamiti? On the day we depart from Biyamiti, we planned to take the S25 to Crocodile Bridge or our way up to Lower Sabie. I'm thinking this is where the closure is, so that's not going to be possible. Is that correct? If so it looks like it will be quite a ways to get down to Croc Bridge and we may as well go straight to Lower Sabie. ??


The road was open when we were there a couple of weeks ago, so you should have no problems taking the S25 to Croc Bridge. We had some nice sitings along the S25 in both directions from the Biyamiti junction, so good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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Carol g wrote:
LeftyLynn, when we were there in May the bridge was open, so unless its been closed again for some reason, I'm sure you will be able to travel to CB and to the malelane road


That's great news! However, they still have the following note on the Biyamiti page:

Note to Travellers
The Biyamiti high-water bridge on the S25 is still closed due to flood damage. Guests can only reach Biyamiti from Malelane and Afsaal.

I'm hoping your response means that note is outdated.


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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LeftyLynn, if you look on page 4, you will see a thread reading 2013 road closures, you will see that there is no mention of the road/ bridge being closed, so I think you are looking at an old update

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti
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All bridges on the S25 are open, can access Biyamti from both directions and the Biyamti weir road

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