Bourke’s Luck Potholes South Africa

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Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

I grew up in small-town Texas, about 40 miles North of Dallas. Potholes were an everyday occurrence in that small town. In fact, even though I haven’t lived at my parent’s home for 19 years, I still remember the path you had to drive to dodge every pothole, dip, and crater that presented itself in my parent’s neighborhood. Suffice it to say, I viewed potholes as evil little ploys to slow me down and ruin my car. Naturally, they were not a source of beauty.

When I moved to South Africa and heard of a tourist destination with the word “pothole” in it, I brushed it off. What could be so great about going to look at potholes? Well, there is something great, and let me tell you why visiting the Bourke’s Luck Potholes should be on your “things to see” list next time you’re in the Mpumulanga region of South Africa.

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

1. You can have a picnic. My family laughs at me for my love of picnics and picnic baskets, but seriously, isn’t there something that’s just so great about having a family picnic together with your favorite food and the fresh air?

2. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are part of the Blyde River Canyon. Why is this so special, you might ask? The Blyde River Canyon just happens to be the third largest canyon in the WORLD! That’s right, and the lush green you see all around makes it a truly beautiful site.

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

3. With a parent’s watchful eye, kids {at heart} can take off their shoes and explore. My boy spent an hour standing in the water skipping rocks. A word to the wise…go with your child to explore. There are some slippery rocks a little too close to the cliff’s edge.

4. You can practice your mad photography skills capturing the amazing landscape in front of you. It’s always hard to capture exactly what you see, but I sure had a relaxing time sitting on the rock clicking away.

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

5. On the drive to or from the potholes, you can catch a glimpse of The Three Rondavels, another scenic tourist spot you don’t want to miss.

Might I offer up the most helpful suggestion? Wear some comfortable tekkies instead of plakkies to traverse the terrain. {Do I sound local with my vocab? I do try.}

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

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