Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, Kruger National Park

Our most treasured memory of Biyamiti takes us back many years while visiting with our good friends, the Ristows. A pride of lions caught some hapless prey animal just after sunset in the riverbed in front of camp. Soon after, a pack of hyenas starting mobbing the kings of the jungle and tried taking over the kill, only to have their hysterical, blood-curdling giggling silenced in a most impressive fashion by the booming, window-rattling roaring of the lions. It was a night-time African symphony that will remain fresh in our memories forever.

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Biyamiti Bushveld Camp is beautifully located on the bank of the seasonal river of the same name, in the far south of the Kruger National Park. This is one of Kruger’s most popular camps, and it is often a hard task to book accommodation there even a year in advance. It’s a small camp, with only fifteen 4- or 5-sleeper, self-catered accommodation units, most offering a view over the river bed in front of the camp and all very privately situated. Bushbuck make themselves at home on the jackalberry-shaded lawns, and a wide variety of birds provide the background music throughout the day and night. There’s no restaurant or shop in Biyamiti, adding to the peaceful atmosphere.

Herd of elephant in the Biyamiti River in front of the camp

Herd of elephant in the Biyamiti River in front of the camp

Biyamiti cottage

Biyamiti cottage

This is one of the Kruger’s most prolific game-viewing areas, and as an added bonus the 22 kilometres of riverine road that leads to Biyamiti is only accessible to guests actually staying in the camp, ideal for those who don’t like sharing their big-five encounters with throngs of other tourists all jostling for the best view. Additionally, guided walks and drives are available and the night drives especially come highly recommended.

The Biyamiti-area has two very scenic highlights to offer. The first is the causeway over the Biyamiti river, on the gravel S114-road between Malelane and Skukuza, where a little weir and several rock pools ensures a reliable source of water year round to which a wide variety of birds, reptiles and big game is drawn throughout the day.

Biyamiti scenery

Biyamiti scenery

Biyamiti weir is a beautiful but dangerous place

Biyamiti weir is a beautiful but dangerous place

Biyamiti scenery

Biyamiti scenery

Another treasure is a hilltop viewsite, only about two kilometers from camp, providing a panoramic vista over a broad bend in the river below. This is an ideal place to breathe in a spectacular African sunset before taking a slow drive back to camp and still be in time for the gates closing.

Biyamiti viewsite

Biyamiti viewsite

Biyamiti viewsite

Biyamiti viewsite

Biyamiti is a tranquil slice of game-viewing heaven and certainly deserves its popular reputation.

The Biyamiti at its confluence with the Crocodile River

The Biyamiti at its confluence with the Crocodile River

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21 thoughts on “Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, Kruger National Park

  1. Pingback: Kruger camps II – Bushveld Camps – Biyamiti & Talamati | Notes from Africa

  2. derekevens

    Good Post the de Wets, Love the images and descriptive text. Been to Biyamiti once many years ago, this is a popular camp, It’s not easy to get in there on short notice.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks Derek! If you get a short notice booking at Biyamiti you really also ought to buy a lotto ticket immediately and ride your lucky streak while it lasts ;-)! We think Biyamiti’s popularity is well deserved – what was your experience when you visited?

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      1. derekevens

        No doubt, We where with a crowd of eight many years ago. The access restricted road always a pleasure and the smaller bushveld camps always my favorite. I remember a worthwhile wild dog sighting close to Biyamiti on this trip.

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  3. mjculverphotography

    Heaven!!!! Great informative post from the De Wet family. Your love of nature and Africa’s wildlife continues to shine. I wish that everyone reading this could experience this amazingly beautiful country and all it has to offer. Your posts always bring me back to the sights, scenery and scents that are so unique. They’re not found anywhere else in the world I’ve ever been. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Have a lovely weekend.

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