Groot-Marico is on the N4 between the towns of Swartruggens and Zeerust, en-route to Botswana. The town is named after the Groot Marico River, one of the few perennial rivers in this area.
The name has nothing to do with the size of the town, which is very small. Groot-Marico is well known for its beautiful African bushveld surroundings and the special kind of hospitality of its people. It is the ideal place to come to when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
The rustic town of Groot-Marico is a typical North West town, brimming with historical charm and atmosphere. This is also the land of mampoer, a breathtaking strong spirit distilled from fruit.
Attractions in and around Groot Marico include:
– The Art Factory is a small shop situated in the Information Centre in the main street of Groot-Marico.
– Groot-Marico was one of the places where Boers and British were fighting during the 1899 – 1902 war. Kleinfontein, Bokkraal and Wonderfontein were some of the places where they engaged in battle. There is a small cemetery on the farm Wonderfontein where some British Soldiers were buried.
– The Marico river is one of the few perennial rivers in this part of the country. The eye is a fountain (17 metres deep!) with the purest and cleanest water that you have ever seen. It is a favorite spot for Scuba diving.
– The Marico Bushveld Dam is also used extensively for water sports like fishing, skiing, sailing, etc.
– Groot-Marico became famous for a special drink, called Mampoer. It is made from fruit and is also known as ‘moonshine’. It is very high in alcohol content. The method of testing if the Mampoer is strong enough, is to put a match to it. If it bursts into flames, it is good, otherwise, it is not strong enough!
– A sundowner sunset cruise on the Marico Bosveld Dam
– The Home of the Lion and Kaditshwene Ruins – an impressive heritage of 17th-century people
– Langkloof and Enzelsberg hiking trails
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