Sometimes it can be hard to imagine all of the wonderful ways the earth can surprise us with the powers of water and wind. One of these wonderful occurrences is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, that marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. On the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, at the confluence of the Treur River and Blyde River, the activity of the water have carved out natural rock formations and pools over hundreds and thousands of years ago.


Named after prospector Tom Bourke, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes are geological formations that was formed by swirling water together with sand and rock peppbles, transported by the rivers, and formed cylindrical potholes into the sandstone bedrock into the underlying riverbed.


The spectacular shapes of the formations is only one of the reasons Bourke’s Luck Potholes is magnificent. The sandstone is layered and coloured in different colours of amber, taupe, ochre and brown, which outlays the constantly changing landscape and depending on the soil content of the water, the river levels and the time of the day, this is a constantly changing landscape that offer great photographic opportunities.


Bourke’s Luck Potholes is situated 35km north from Graskop on the R532 and is a very popular tourist attraction in the area. Managed by the Mpumalanga Parks Board, the sight can be visited by paying a nominal entrance fee. The Park has a number of bridges over the river and a number of vantage points where the potholes can be viewed from.

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