|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: http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/Bronkies|
|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.|