Bourke's Luck Potholes are without doubt a major icon the impressive rock features of Bourke's Luck Potholes is one of the tick-offs on the well-beaten path of the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga.Their strange name, in case you were wondering, comes from the gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a nearby claim.They are on the Panorama Route and are one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa. A series of metal bridges take you right above them, if photographs are a high priority, whilst walkways around the ridges allow you various angles and viewpoints from which to take your snaps.
They are the result of decades of swirling eddies of water where the Treur River meets the Blyde River, the tumult of which has caused extensive water erosion over time. The result is a series of cylindrical rock sculptures that look as though they would be more comfortable on the moon.
The giant potholes have been carved over centuries by pebbles swirling around in poolswhere the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River. Bourke's Luck had nothing to do with the potholes but rather a lucky strike in this gold-rich area.