Within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve are the Bourke’s Luck potholes. They were formed by river erosion and the action of the flood water.
They were named after Thomas Bourke, who was involved in gold mining in the area. He named them “lucky” as he was convinced that the potholes would yield a large gold deposit. Although there was not much gold to be found in the potholes themselves, they did turn out to be quite lucky, as they were located right next to a huge gold deposit.
Today these potholes are a popular tourist attraction and many people visit them during the year. It is a beautiful place to stop over.
I visited the potholes many years ago when I was 16 with my family. We had a holiday in Graskop and my father took us there for the day. I still remember our time fondly and while I was writing this article it brought back a flood of memories.