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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:38 pm 
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Hi Landy1

You will get cellphone reception at the camp. Coming from Secunda we always approach the camp from the south at Malelane and not Croc Bridge because you will be quicker in the park. The road can take a bit of time to drive. Our best time from the gate to camp was 1,5 hours, but that was only because we were pushed to get to the camp gate before closing time and made it with 5 min to spare. On arrival other guest told us of a leopard less than 1km from the camp, but we had no time to go and have a look.

Our last visit was 3 weeks back and I wrote a TR as well. (sorry I do not know how to link) Look under Travel Tales for TR. Another forumite, Mel123, was also there at the same time and wrote a great TR viewtopic.php?f=27&t=49973&start=0

Hope you spot all the animals we've seen and lot more :D :D :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:43 pm 
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here is the view from unit Nr 4

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and what I saw, from the fence :D

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
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Hi all, can anyone tell me if there are microwave ovens and/or regular ovens (I know there are stovetops) in the bigger (NGC5/V) units? I hv booked a group (6 guys) into Biyamiti and they're not keen chefs so quite particularly want to find out about the "exact" cooking facilities. Not sure if they're into braai ... may influence what they buy before entering the park (perhaps even microwave dinners?!?)

Thanks, I haven't personally stayed here before (duck) although I have visited some of the units but can't find my photos anywhere.... I think I lost them in that hard drive crash :wall:

We normally camp so I'm more familiar with the exact facilities of camp kitchens!


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
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Hi, we stayed at Biyamiti in Nov 2009 and there was a microwave as well as the usual stove plates and braai so you have plenty of choice! Still cant beat a good braai though :-)

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 Post subject: Biyamiti in March
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Good day all
I have booked into biyamiti for a few days at the end of March and was wondering about the heat at that time of the year seeing as the bungalows have no aircon, will it be okay


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti in March
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Hi shrew and a warm welcome to the forum. :clap:

By the end of March the night temps shouldn't be too bad, if its hot open all the windows and just enjoy the atmosphere and the night sounds.
Enjoy the wonderful camp. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti in March
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hi shrew,

It all depends if there is a cold front coming over KNP. We stayed at Tsendze for the last week of March and found it extremely hot until the first week of April when a cold front passed over together with a large thunderstorm in the evening and rain the next day

After Tsendze we stayed the first week of April at Biyamiti, while it was still very cloudy and found our stay to be very pleasant and cool compared to Tsendze. Biyamiti chalets have fans in and wire mesh slide door if you want to stay inside with the door open. Mornings are already chilly, but as I say weather can change just like that back to very hot. In general I found the south warmer in winter during the day than in summer due to frequent rain in summer.

There are lots of shade in the camp and you should be fine without air-con. This is one of my favourite camps so I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. If you want to avoid traffic jams you will have lots of options around Biyamiti to travel and you do not need to travel very far to see the Big 5. My top spots around this camp are Biyamiti weir and loop, S119, S25 (high water bridge over Biyamiti river), Bume road and Mpondo dam besides the camp road.

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti in March
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They do have got fans in Biyamiti in each room :thumbs_up:

We stayed already 3 times in February in different years in Biyamiti and although it was hot during the day it cooled down the night and if you open all windows you can sleep very well without aircon :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Best gate of entry for Biyamiti
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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
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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
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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.

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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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If only Biyamiti had wheelchair friendly units :(

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