This natural water
feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as
the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne
sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of
The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom
Burke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did
not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold
deposits would be found in the area.
The Potholes is located 35km north of Graskop town on the R532 road. The informative
visitors centre details some of the interesting natural and
socio-historic features and is the starting point of the 700m
walk to the potholes.