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Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

This small bush camp has the advantage of being less commercial than the bigger camps in the Kruger. The thatched huts provide standard facilities and nothing fancy. Watch out for the monkeys who can be a nuisance and everything must be locked away as the monkeys are very bold and will sneak up behind you to pinch food, with the outdoor kitchens this can be a little tricky at times. The game drives are great and we saw lots of game particularly elephant and rhino as well as a large variety of bird life. Two/three days is probably all you need here before you run out of routes and need to head north to look for the cats!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

Clean well maintained chalets in prime game area.
Efficient and friendly manager and staff.
Right on banks of Biyamiti river for excellent game viewing
Private access road with lots of wild. Beware of elephants with calves.
On of the top camps in Kruger with only 15 chalets and no picnic sites and restaurant.

Room Tip: Rooms on river bank
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

I had always wanted to stay at Biyamiti and so booked 2 nights late November/early December. The brush along 18 km road was extremely thick so game viewing was difficult. At the camp itself we stayed in unit 8. There was almost no water at all in the river so we did not see any game at all in the riverbed from our cottage. The cottages are definitely in need of an update. There were fans in both rooms, however no air con at all.

The bugs at Biyamiti were the worst of any of the camps on our trip as well.

If I return to Biyamiti it will be in dry season when the viewing is better with reduced brush.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank deamole
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Accommodation was a bit weary but still acceptable. Excellent game viewing on the private road to and from the camp. Accommodation rates very expensive if you are only a couple related to other Kruger camps and for that reason will not visit again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We only stayed 1 night, but wished we stayed for more.

The lodge was spotless and really comfortable.

We did a sunset game drive which was 'AMAZING' and would thoroughly recommend it to everyone.

Next morning we walked the perimeter of the camp and saw land snails, tortoise and all sorts of fantastic wildlife.

Although no shop or restaurant on site, I would recommend this bushveld camp to everyone who loves real wildlife!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank c d
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed three nights and wished it was longer. The accommodation we had (ours was Protea Diamonds) is a little worn but extremely well equipped and very comfortable. There was little water in the river but there was plenty of birdlife in the camp and along the private road. From the road you could see lions and rhino in the river bed. The staff were friendly and obliging.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank EileenMulga
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We stayed in the two left-most chalets (we were a group of nine, friends and family).

The chalets are well worn, but perfectly acceptable. We had a few minor issues (gas stove wasn't fully functional, the fan in the one bedroom appeared to have no controller), but everything was clean, bedding was great, kitchen fully equipped.

The game viewing was fantastic - the dry river bed was like a highway for the game with groups of elephant, antelope, buffalo continually passing.

But the staff were wonderful - we had an accident in the chalet when my sister dropped a glass on her foot and made a deep cut. The duty ranger helped us with a medical kit and, when we couldn't stop the bleeding, arranged for a vehicle to escort us through the night to the closest doctor in Komatipoort. This turned into an impromptu night game drive, albeit a rather rapid one.

My sister sewn up, we returned to Biyamiti, getting to bed at 2am, only to get up again at 5am to go for a game walk.

The walk was excellent - not very strenuous, but a moving lecture as we strolled through the bush, with two highly knowledgable rangers, Bridgeman and Oupa. Highly, highly recommended.

And then that evening we did a night game drive (a lot slower this time) with Simon, the ranger who'd escorted us to Komatipoort. Again, we were highly entertained, both by his sense of humour, and his extraordinary knowledge of game, birds, trees and plants and even rocks! The natural history knowledge and experience of these guys is truly impressive.

An additional bonus that comes with staying at Biyamiti is that there's quite long stretch of road that is private to camp residents only.

Beware of bull elephants in musth however - my sister and brother in law were held up for half an hour by a frisky bull who wouldn't let them pass. He charged them - no mock charge this, but a full on head down, ears back, silent onslaught! They had to wait until he wandered off the road - and were charged again as they passed by... We were very careful to keep our distance from any elephant that looked in any way nervous or frisky.

We loved Biyamiti, and will be back. We stayed two nights and would recommend at least that - staying only one night is not enough!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
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Ranked #127 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the banks of the Mbiyamiti river, hidden by Delagoa thickets, nestles one of the most beautiful bushveld camps in the Kruger National Park. The camp is ideally situated between huge Wild Fig and Jackalberry trees with vast numbers of other fauna and flora species in abundance. The area is a game spotter's dream come true. ... more   less 

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