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The little farming town of Bronkhorstspruit may not be one you’re familiar with, but this Northern Gauteng rural enclave is history laden and incredibly beautiful. Its aesthetic appeal is so lovely that once travellers have encountered it, they often return for more visits. Approximately 50km east of the South African capital city of Pretoria, Bronkhorstspruit forms a farming community triangle with Bapsfontein and Rayton.
Initially, Bronkhorstspruit was used as an important railway station between the borders of the now Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces, and was also the scene of an epic historical showdown; one of the first serious clashes of the First Boer War is said to have taken place in close proximity to this little farming town. Today, another very good reason to visit Bronkhorstspruit is because it is the location of a famous Buddhist Centre known as Nan Hua Buddhist Temple. The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple is the African headquarters of the Buddha’s Light Mountain Order, which is the largest monastery in Taiwan. The town of Bronkhorstspruit donated land to this Taiwanese monastery in 1992 and the result has been an incredible cultural site, which attracts visitors from all walks of life from all parts of the African continent.
The Buddhist Temple may be an inspiring attraction in Bronkhorstspruit, but visitors are also encouraged to spend some time outdoors and soak up the stunning scenery this little town is ensconced in. To this end, the Bronkhorstspruit Dam is a terrific venue; idyllic and serene, the dam has acquired recent acclaim because of its awesome bank angling spots luring avid anglers out from all parts of the country to indulge in their favourite pastime.