The hills around the Bourke’s Luck Potholes run the length of the Blyde River Canyon and offer majestic views over the canyon and up into the mountains of Mariepskop and beyond. The region is not only home to the third largest canyon in the world but also to a proud people, descendants of the great Pedi chieftain Sekhukhune, and to the warriors of many famous skirmishes with rival clans as well as the Voortrekkers. Their uncommon appreciation of the beauty of their lands leaves the region studded with attractive villages and houses where many an ancient tradition still rules the day.
The timber plantations in and around Pilgrim’s Rest were originally intended only for the supporting and blocking off of pit stopes in the gold mines. Soon the timber was more profitable than the gold and the timber industry became - and remains - the region’s biggest employer.
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