Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

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Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Top choice in Blyde River Canyon

These bizarre cylindrical holes were carved into the rock by whirlpools at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. Bridges span the rivers, providing impressive views. There’s a small museum providing information on the canyon’s geology, flora and fauna, a busy cafe and an 80m-long lichen trail.

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