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Bronkhorstspruit Dam

‘Bronkies’, as the locals call it, is the ideal getaway for water sport, fishing and birding in the vicinity of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Bronkhorstspruit Dam, a haven for all types of water activities, was established in 1950 and holds 58,5 million cubic metres of water.

Bronkhorstspruit Nature Reserve has been under City of Tshwane management since July 2011.

The reserve is situated on the southern edge of the dam.

The dam offers a variety of things to do in Gauteng – you can take out a boat, or even take your turn on jet-skis if the fishermen don’t get in the way. There are also swimming pools and restaurants to keep you busy (or to keep you from being busy, if you really want to unwind).

Bird species include the spike-heeled and red-capped larks, cisticolas, pipits and orange-throated longclaws, but there are far too many to mention! Keep in mind that every season brings different species to the area, so if you go to the nature reserve in winter, there are even owls to spot.

As far as fishing goes, the dam is known for the bass that swim in it, although it is also a breeding ground for carp, barbell, kurper and yellowfish.

Visiting hours:

  • Summer (September to April): 07:00 – 18:00
  • Winter (May to August): 07:00 – 17:00
Adults (13 to 59 years), per person R 32,00
Schoolchildren (7 to 12 years), per person R 16,00
Preschool children (2 to 6 years), per person R 8,00
Infants (0 to 2 years) Free
Pensioners (60 years and older), per person R 16,00
Camp site without electricity R 56,00
Camp site with electricity R 104,00
Canoe (per canoe per day) R 32,00


  • Tel: 079 930 8343
  • Fax: 086 640 4381


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