Rock of Ages: 5 Things to Know About Bourke's Luck Potholes

Step into one of South Africa's ancient geological wonders

By South African Tourism

Bourke's Luck Potholes, MpumalangaSouth African Tourism

1. The potholes are the result of water erosion which has happened for millions of years

The cylindrical holes which make up the site are caused by a phenomenon known as a 'Giant's Kettle' - where swirles of water wear away the rock.

2. They form part of the 'Panorama Route.'

The 'Panorama Route' is one of South Africa's most scenic paths, filled with remarkable natural attractions.

Bourke's Luck Potholes, MpumalangaSouth African Tourism

3. The site marks the spot where two rivers meet

The Blyde River (river of joy) and the Treur River (river of sorrow) converge at this magnificent geological marvel.

4. The soil causes multi-colured eddies

Due to the soil present in the water each hole appears as a different hue of yellow, brown or white.

Bourke's Luck Potholes, MpumalangaSouth African Tourism

5. The area is named after the gold prospector Tom Bourke

Bourke was the first to proclaim that gold could be found in the area.

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