Panorama Route - Bourkes Luck Potholes

Posted on Sun June 7, 2015.

Well worth a day trip, meander along from Mackers, via Sabie and Graskop - 35kms north of Graskop are the Potholes. Follow the R532.

This is an extremely well presented attraction that is well worth a lengthy stop. There are nice picnic areas and the walk around the potholes is excellent - this is one of the world's largest canyons. Be sure to take your hiking shoes.

At the point where the Treur and the Blyde Rivers meet, and the river swirls and sweeps on its journey, the mighty force of the waters has carved intricate 'potholes' in the rock strata. These curious shapes and extraordinary basins and holes are known as Bourke's Luck Potholes after Thomas Bourke, the owner of a once profitable gold-mine nearby. These early pioneers and prospectors -some indeed lucky, others less fortunate- inspired the names of many of the towns and geological features of the escarpment.