Biyamiti Bushveld Camp
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Staying in a cottage in the Northern Kruger is actually a must for many guests. Cottages are cooler than tentsfully equipped, self-catering
Biyamiti has 3 guest cottages with 6 beds each and a further 4 guest cottages with 4 beds each.fully equipped, self-catering
The Biyamiti Bushveld Camp has long been considered one of the most beautiful camps of its kind in the Kruger National Park. Settled on the banks of the Mbiyamiti River, and hidden carefully by Delagoa thickets, this camp is a place of tranquillity and the perfect place to see all kinds of wildlife. Guests enjoying safaris around the camp are almost guaranteed to see many of the interesting animals here.
The atmosphere at Biyamiti is like no other, and many guests fall in love with this Bushveld Camp.
Biyamiti Bushveld Camp is situated close to Skukuza, roughly 39 km away from Malelane Gate. Guests can drive through and spend 4 hours enjoying the park before arriving at the camp or they can fly directly to Skukuza Airport.
Choosing a rustic Kruger experience is not everyone’s first choice, but bushveld camps are far from the kind of experience you’d have in any of the other more basic camps. Bushveld camps are a quieter alternative to other places to stay, especially since they are not available to day visitors. They are also more equipped than the other smaller camps, with guests having access to their own bath and cooking facilities rather than having to share.
The Kruger has 7 bush camps situated in different areas, all around the park. Most of the camps will have a shop close by, although you will not be able to buy perishable goods. When staying in a bushveld camp, you will need to make sure that you have brought along everything you need in order to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You won’t be lugging around all kinds of camping gear, but having some of the basics can make a difference. The Kruger’s bushveld camps are ideal for those wanting a private family trip or a romantic break.
Unlike the other bushveld camps in the Kruger, there is a bit of history attached to this camp. The spirit of the former transport riders who once passed through the area lives on here. With their wagons and oxen, these riders would overcome illness and all of the harsh elements in order to transport goods between the land and the coast.
A Hungarian by the name of Alois Nellmapius built a better route for riders after he forded the Crocodile River and brought the route through to Delagoa Bay. Once this route was completed, trading stores opened all along the way.
The Anglo Boer War also left its mark on the area and there are a few sites west of the ford where you can visit these landmarks.
Biyamiti has earned a reputation for being one of the parks more intimate camps.
A smaller camp without day visitors, Biyamiti is a place of ultimate rest and relaxation. Guests here can enjoy the quiet seclusion of the park while resting in luxury bushveld style accommodation, surrounded by a few other guests.
There are 10 units with 2 bedrooms in each. One of the bedrooms has 3 single beds whilst the other bedroom has 2 single beds. There is an en-suite bathroom in one bedroom, complete with a bath, washbasin and toilet while the other bathroom has a separate toilet, shower and washbasin. The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove and oven, a fridge/freezer, a sink, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. The rooms also have ceiling fans. Mornings and evenings can be spent on the open veranda.
There are a further 5 units with 1 bedroom each. The bedroom contains 2 single beds each as well as a ceiling fan to keep the heat at bay. In the living room, there is a further two bench-beds as well as a ceiling fan. The cottage’s bathroom has a bath, shower, washbasin and toilet while the kitchen has an electric stove with two plates and no oven, a sink, a fridge/freezer, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Guests will also have a private veranda.
Biyamiti provides guests with an authentic African bush experience and it is the perfect place to stay when you are looking for self-catering accommodation in a secluded camp.
Anyone planning their trip to the Kruger National Park needs to have some helpful information at hand in order to make their planning and their stay more comfortable.
When visiting the Kruger, you are entering the territories of thousands of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Visiting a wildlife habitat, where animals roam freely, means you have to keep an eye out at all times, even when safely in a camp. Animals have been known to get into camps, generally accidentally rather than on purpose, and although it is rare it can be quite frightening. When encountering an animal, it’s best to not approach it. Rather contact the relevant camp officials whose information you will find on your Kruger entry brochure.
Sometimes it’s the park’s other critters and creatures that you have to be wary of. Snakes, spiders and scorpions are found in camps far more often than the park's animals and should you step on one or accidentally touch one, the bite or sting they inflict can be painful. When walking around the camp, especially at night, you need to make sure that you have your shoes on and a flashlight at hand. This is one way to avoid contact with these creatures.
Wherever you stay in the Kruger, malaria is prevalent and can make you very sick if you get infected. The illness is carried by mosquitoes, but not all mosquitoes, and it is most commonly found in hot, humid areas. When in the park, you need to make sure that you have a net over your bed and that you use an insect repellent. The best precaution you can take is to make an appointment with your doctor and get the right preventative medication. Symptoms of malaria infection will only appear weeks after you have been bitten.
When planning, taking the time of year into consideration is a must. The Kruger experiences some intense summers while the winter months are generally mild but never really cold. By noon in summer, the temperatures skyrocket and travelling in the park can get quite uncomfortable. If you are staying in the park during this time of the year, you’ll want to have air-conditioning or something else to keep you cooled off. And just because you are visiting in the winter doesn’t mean you are immune to the African heat. Winter days can get pretty hot, while the nights and mornings can be quite cold. Be sure to pack accordingly!
The camp times for Biyamiti are the same as those throughout the park. It is important to know the gate times and to know that they will change according to the seasons. The gate times are in place for a reason, and knowing them is an important part of the planning.
Any self-drive safari is best done during the early morning and late afternoon, before the heat of the day becomes unbearable. Animals tend to shy away when the sun comes out, so seeing game midday is often next to impossible.
As with all of the other camps in the Kruger, there is plenty to see both in and around the camps when it comes to the flora and fauna. The area around the camp is a dense mix of Combretum Veld. Guests can expect to see Tamboti, magic guarri, green thorn, marula, sausage trees, and knob thorn. And any trip to the park is not without its animals. Guests can see rhino, buffalo, elephant, impala, giraffe, hippo, leopard, lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena in the area.