3. Gary’s African Safari with Lorí – Blydepoort, Bourke’s Luck Potholes
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and was formed by rivers cutting deep into the escarpment and eroding millions of tons of rock which were carried to the Lowveld and beyond to the Indian Ocean. More than 700 metres below the 370 hectare Blyde River Dam (Blydepoort) is visible towards the lower end of the canyon at the confluence of the Blyde and Ohrigstad Rivers. The Three Rondawels The word "Rondawel" is a South African word that refers to a round hut-like dwelling (usually with a thatched roof). The three well known gigantic peaks of quartzite and shale with their sheer rock walls tower more than 700 m above the surrounding landscape. The most spectacular for Gary were the Bourke's Luck Potholes, and I was thrilled because I love it too! This world renowned landmark is at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. Over millions of years waterborne sand and rock scoured huge cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river. There is a half mile walk to the actual potholes and there are also two circular hiking routes (Bourke's Luck Potholes Interpretive Trail and the Bushman Nature Trail). We did a bit of both, and Gary fell in the water at some stage, I was too concerned to take a photo of that! We both laughed! Music: Chaminade - Autumn, Op 35 from "Favourite Piano Classics" CD.