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  • Bourke's Luck Potholes - Escarpment, Mpumalanga
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Bourke's Luck Potholes

Bourke's Luck Potholes, were named after prospector Tom Bourke who discovered alluvial gold in the are during the late 1880's Their formation is a natural phenomenon created by the swirling river water. They are found at the source of the third largest canyon in the world, the Blyde River canyon in Mpumalanga.

Located approximately 35 km north of the town of Graskop, the site has grown in popularity as one of the province's best tourist destinations. The potholes which lie at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers, were formed millions of years ago by the swirling of sand and pebbles, which resulted in the carving of the potholes into the underlying riverbed.

The site is managed by the Mpumalanga Parks Board and a nominal entrance fee applies. A 700 m long circular path, with a number of pedestrian bridges over the river direct visitors towards the best vantage points. Bourke's Luck Potholes also feature an interesting and informative visitors centre, which sheds light on the natural history of the region, as well as providing an introduction to the early inhabitants of the region, the San. Also featured at the centre are a series of fauna and flora displays. For more information, contact the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency at (013) 759 5300 or send an email to info@mtpa.co.za.


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