Bronkhorstspruit (Bronkies)

Name of venue Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng

Information courtesy of Grant Rens

Brief summary of venue  Bronkies is a single, long crag above the Bronkhorstspruit River.  It offers more than 60 bolted sport routes in the easy to moderate range in a pleasant, family-friendly setting.  In Summer the routes go into the sun after lunch time, so don’t leave home without sun block.
Permit/ permission info The Bronkies crag and parking are on private property and the owners reserve the right of admission. The MCSA has negotiated access to the area for members over weekends and public holidays.   Upon arrival visitors must pay the entrance fee and sign the visitors’ book, which has the MCSA logo.

Entrance fees are R20 cash for adults, R10 cash for children between 13-18 years, and R5 for children aged 12 and below, payable to the guard at the crag or the entrance road.

Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg  About 80 minutes.
Parking information  As of late 2011, access is via a new road that branches off the tar road on the right and then proceeds directly down to a large parking area. From here the crag is accessed by crossing a bridge and walking uphill to reach the East end of the crag.
Info on walk in  Access to the crag from the parking area is very easy – 5 to 10 minutes.
Accommodation  Bronkies is a day crag.  No overnight stays are permitted.
Availability of water for drinking  Water from the river is not drinkable, so make sure you bring enough water for a day’s outing
Climbing route guide  Online:
Climbing information  There are 65 fully bolted lines ranging in height from 10 – 30 metres and in grade from 11 to 27.  Some of the harder routes tend to remain partially wet throughout Summer due to seepage.  Although some potential for new routes exists, there is a strict no-bolting policy in place in the area either side of the Black Eagles’ nest.   Almost the entire climbing wall goes into the sun from around lunch time in summer, so sun block and hats are strongly recommended.
Child friendly  Bronkies is an ideal venue for children.
Swimming  Swimming in the river is not recommended.
Camp fires  Strictly no fires allowed.
Other attractions  Being on the river means great birding opportunities.