Fodor's Expert Review Bourke's Luck Potholes
The amazing Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve visitor center are 27 km (17 mi) north of Berlin Falls. Named after a gold prospector, the cylindrical and rather alien-looking deep potholes filled with green water are carved into the rock by whirlpools where the Treur (sorrow) and Blyde (joy) rivers converge. The visitor center has interesting information on the flora, fauna, and geology of the canyon. Several long canyon hiking trails start from headquarters, as do shorter walks and trails. A three-hour walk, for example, could take you down into the bottom of the canyon, where you follow a trail marked by rocks painted with animal or bird symbols as the gorge towers above you.