Bourkes Luck Potholes


Centuries-old sandstone sculptures


In a continuous and centuries-old phenomenon, the Treur River and the Blyde River converge at the start of the Blyde River Canyon, the force of the merging waters sculpting cylindrical potholes into the sandstone bedrock. Some of the potholes have merged over time and others stand separately, creating an intricate landscape of deep depressions and outcrops, collectively forming Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

View these spectacular potholes from an array of vantage points across bridges suspended over the sandstone formations. Hike down to the bottom of the canyon to see the coloured-layers of amber, ochre, taupe, and brown in the sandstone up-close. The landscape shifts constantly, depending on the water’s soil content and river levels. Part of the Panorama Route, Bourke’s Luck Potholes is a must-see along South Africa’s most scenic road and is an ideal stopover en route to the Kruger National Park.

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and is bordered by the nature reserve of the same name. The 26,000ha of lush vegetation stretch to the town of Graskop, follow the Drakensberg Escarpments, and meet the Blyde River in the Lowveld. Stopovers not to be missed on the Panorama Route include the ancient Echo Caves and God’s Window.

 

Highlights

  • Whirlpools have sculpted cylindrical potholes into the sandstone bedrock where the Blyde River and Treur River converge 
  • View these spectacular potholes from a number of bridges suspended over the formations or from the bottom of the canyon
  • Serves as a scenic stopover en route to the wildlife-rich Kruger National Park
  • The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and is bordered by a nature reserve of the same name
  • The Panorama Route includes the ancient Echo Caves and God’s Window

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