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Bourkes Luck Potholes

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Bourkes Luck Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Bourke, who staked a claim nearby, although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold.

The cylindrical potholes or giant's kettles, which can be viewed from the crags above have been carved over centuries by pebbles swirling around in pools where the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. This is a great area to explore with some amazing rock formations namely God’s Window and the Blyde river canyon. The Canyon starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondawels". From many well-positioned vantage points one can view the 33 km long gorge.

The Potholes are located 35km north of Graskop and offers an informative visitors centre which details some of the interesting natural and socio-historic features of the potholes. 

A must see in the area are the Echo Caves, discovered in the 1920's by the owner of the farm. One of the rooms of the cave has a height of 60m. There are 2km of tunnels where budget travellers can view impressive stalagmites and stalactites.

Joy River Backpackers offers backpackers accommodation close to the sights and attractions of Bourkes Luck and Blyde River.