South Africa (Gauteng)
With more than 200 recorded bird species, Bronkhorstspruit Dam nature reserve is the ideal place to witness the avian Highveld diversity. Usually referred to as “Bronkies”, the lake not only appeals to birders, but also anglers who are interested in the fish living in the large dam.
The nature reserve is on the southern edges of Bronkhorstspruit Dam. Bird species include the Spike-heeled and Red-capped larks, cisticolas, pipits and Orange-throated longclaws, but there are far too many to mention! There are even owls to spot if you go to the nature reserve in winter, and you should keep in mind that every season brings different species to the area. As far as fishing goes, the dam is known for the bass that swim in it, although there are plenty more species.
Better know for its activities ON the water, this dam however boasts a bank well into the kilometers. With ample space for angler and boat enthusiast alike, it is up to you to decide whether the waves created by all the water sports are an annoyance or not. While some properties do not allow motorized boats through their gates, this policy becomes rather redundant since others do, enabling them to get very close to you anyway. Having said that, officials around this dam, regardless of your entry point, are rather adamant involving regulations ON the dam. No boats are allowed without the proper safety equipment and even canoes are governed with the required life jackets. So don’t forget yours if you are planning to row in your bait.
Location (25o 54′ 2″ S, 28o 41′ 34″ E)
At an elevation of 1,433 m / 4, 701 ft, this easily accessible dam is located just south of the town of Bronkhorstspruit, approximately 60 km East of Pretoria. Nestled between the R25 and R42, you can get there easily from Pretoria via the N4 (take the R25 exit and turn south) or Johannesburg via the N12 (take the R42 exit and turn north).
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With nearly four kilometres of waterfront, Bajadam is the only resort at the dam where both anglers and motorboat enthusiasts are welcome. Situated on the southern bank of the Bronkhorstspruit Dam, it is the ideal place for a number of water sport activities. Shaded camping sites with electricity points near the ablution facilities are available, or you can pitch your tent on the waterside for all night fishing. Camping in tents and caravans is allowed. A private camping area with electricity, lapa and firplace is also available.
Children (4-10 years) R10 | Cars R20 | Motorboat / Jet Ski R50
Kaia Manzi is a resort with various accommodation options, from camping to guesthouse rooms. Kaia Manzi has a restaurant and caters for any kind of reception like weddings, reunions, conferences etc.
Day Visitors are accepted if:
– they bring their own boat (no boat = no entry)
– they are guests of weekenders (max 4 visitors per unit)
– no vehicles with six or more occupants
Per day: Adults R50 | Children R30
Once-off: Cars R40 | Power Boat / Sail Boat / Jet Ski R50 | Other water craft (row boats etc.) R30