The meeting place of two rivers and the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes have left many gazing in sheer wonder at the spectacular patterns and rock formations left behind after centuries of water erosion. Bourke was the surname of a man who made claim to this area in the hopes that he would find lots of gold here. Unfortunately, his guess work was not accurate enough and he missed out on a large reserve of gold just South of where his claim had been made.
Where the Blyde and Treur Rivers meet, craggy cliffs drop down into cylindrical potholes bubbling over into waterfalls and waterslides. On this tour, you can take a walk through the smaller holes and dip your feet in the water before it crashed down into the crevasse below. The erosion carvings leave behind a more resistant skeleton of rock resembling giant vertebrae in orange and brown. The view from the pedestrian bridges allows you a better view back up into the cliff faces where you can see how over time, the water and the sediment has taken it’s toll on the granite rock surfaces.
Once you’ve seen the amazing rock formations, make your way up to the picnic area where there are also a lot of vendors and traders where you can pick up some great souvenirs to take home with you.