Kevin Blackston
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Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Mpumalanga, South Africa

One of Earth’s more unusual geological features is found in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.1 Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which are located at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers near the beginning of Blyde River Canyon—the world’s third deepest canyon—are a series of cylindrical holes bored by the rivers’ swirling waters.2 3 Bridges over the site enable visitors to peer down into the holes, some of which are as much as 100 feet deep.4

Bourke's Luck Potholes are named for Tom Bourke, a prospector who in the 1880s accurately predicted the presence of gold in the area despite never finding any significant deposits there himself.5

30-cent South African postage stamp picturing Bourke's Luck Potholes in Mpumalanga
Bourke’s Luck Potholes



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  2. Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Sabie. Accessed 18 Oct. 2012.
  3. Blyde Canyon. Kruger2Canyons. Accessed 18 Oct. 2012.
  4. 5 Reasons to Visit Hazyview in Mpumalanga. Travel Butlers. 4 Oct. 2012. Accessed 18 Oct. 2012.
  5. Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Book Travel. Accessed 18 Oct. 2012.

Published 2018-06-18