Bourke's Luck Potholes

Where the Blyde River ("river of joy") and the Treur River ("river of sorrow") meet, water erosion has formed one of South Africa’s most remarkable geological phenomena known as Bourke's Luck Potholes.

These bizarre swirl holes were developed over thousands of years, when the once rapid river flow carried masses of sand and debris, causing waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river, forming a series of dark pools. This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.

The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.

The informative visitors centre details some of the interesting natural and socio-historic features and is the starting point of the 700m walk to the potholes which consists of a network of pathways and footbridges allowing visitors to explore the potholes.


















We look forward to showing you this remarkable area. We have our own 4 x 4, and will tailor make trips to suit your requirements. For groups of more than four guests, we will use two vehicles as well as an accompanying 4 x 4 trailer.

Our service is personalised. Transfers to and from your B & B, Guesthouse, Lodge, Hotel or Airport can be arranged, should you not be staying with us at "Ebubeleni".

For more information please feel free to contact us at We can facilitate your arrangements and take you on that Tour/Safari of a Lifetime

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