Bourke’s Luck Potholes, featured on the Panorama Route.

When Voortrekker leader Hendrik Potgieter lead a party to the Portuguese port of the now Maputo in 1840, the women were left at the malaria-free summit of the Drakensberg near Graskop. They waited far beyond the time at which the men were due to return then thinking that their men must have died, named the stream on whose banks they were camped the Treur “sorrow”, and set off for home. On the way they were overtaken by Potgieter and his party. The reunion took place as the women were about to ford a river named the Blyde, “joy”. The Blyde has a spectacular course. From its source it flows to meet the Treur. At this meeting point, near the site of a once profitable gold mine known as Bourke’s Luck after its owner, Tom Bourke, there are extraordinary potholes and rock formations. This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river. Paths and bridges take visitors to viewing sites overlooking these formations. The river then plunges headlong into a gigantic gorge and ends up in the Blyde River Dam. Dominating the gorge are the triplet peaks known as the Three Rondawels and the great flat-topped summit of Mariepskop. All to be experienced on these tours:,, and

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