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Open-pit quarries in the area extract marble, slate, and andalusite, with prospects of large-scale nickel mining on the banks of the Groot Marico river as well as the majority of the farms surrounding the hamlet having sparked a successful regional petition against such development.
Exclusive to the North West Province
Visit the tranquil town of Groot Marico on your travels through the North West Province.
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The rustic town of Groot Marico is a typical North-West town, brimming with historical charm and atmosphere.
It is situated in the Central Region, in the North West Province, South Africa.
Groot Marico is a farming area in the North West of South Africa with a tiny town on the main highway between Johannesburg and Botswana, so a perfect stop-over on your way to your next destination.
Groot Marico is an easy two-and-a-half to three-hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Traveling West on the N4. or travel along the R27, which continues to Botswana.
In 2010, the farms surrounding Groot Marico were among the last in South Africa to still be connected through party lines to a manual telephone exchange, which requires callers to ask an operator to connect them to other telephone lines by pushing jacks into slots.
Groot Marico is the smallest town in South Africa that hosts an annual arts festival as well as a mountain bike race.
- The town was formed by the Voortrekkers in the 1850s and was only proclaimed in 1948.
- The word “Marico” was made famous in South Africa by Herman Charles Bosman‘s writings of this area and later re-enactments of these tales by actor Patrick Mynhardt. Bosman described the area thus:
There is no other place I know that is so heavy with atmosphere, so strangely and darkly impregnated with that stuff of life that bears the authentic stamp of South Africa
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Tours of the Marico area include the Mampoer Tour (mampoer, also known as witblits, is South Africa’s version of moonshine), which includes a visit to the Art Factory – a community art and crafts initiative – a guided nature outing along the Groot Marico River and a traditional farm lunch accompanied by the reading of one of Herman Charles Bosman’s Marico-based stories.
Afternoon tea includes traditional melktert (milk tart) and gemmerbier (ginger beer) at Ouma se Kombuis. Other tours to choose from are the Swartruggens Iron Age Tour, Anglo Boer War Tours, and a Traditional Village Tour.
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African elephants are one of the most dangerous animals in the world, killing more people than lions or any other predator.An elephant calf just a few days old has her first bath in the waterhole with her helpful nanny elephants – but climbing out is harder than getting in. Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to the spectacular Tsavo wilderness in Kenya to try to get closer than ever before to a wild elephant family.
For the more adventurous visitors swimming in the river, canoeing and hiking is a must.
For the avid birder (bird watching) (there are more than 430 species to look out for), tree identification and stargazing in the clear night sky.
Of course, a trip to the bushveld would not be complete without a game drive and these are available at many of the game farms in the area. Certainly, Marico District and the town of Groot Marico have everything to offer for a genuine South African cultural and bushveld experience.
Last but not least – Rajan’s predator camp, where lions tigers, leopards and a handful of predator cats can be seen close up.
Places of interest and overnight stays are available in the below-listed areas:
Lichtenburg, Madikwe, Mafikeng, Mmabatho, Ottosdal, Zeerust, Swartruggens,