Bourke’s Luck Potholes are rock formations formed by erosion centuries ago. They are located 35 km north of Graskop and you have to take a walk on paths and bridges of about 700 meters (five minutes) to see this natural ‘wishing well’. The bizarre cylindrical holes were created through millions of years of water flow, in rapid circular movements, arising from the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers. The swirling water, along with sand and pebbles, sharpened the rocks and created a beautiful natural work of art. The ravine in which these holes lie is 30 meters deep, but the holes themselves are around 6 meters deep. The area is named after Tom Bourke, who ironically never had any luck when he was looking for gold here, but predicted that large amounts of gold would be found in this area.
Two hiking routes leave from the main building: the Bourke’s Luck Potholes Interpretive Trail and the Bushman Nature trail.
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The potholes are on the so-called Panorama Route where you can see even more natural beauty. You pay an entrance fee to view the potholes.