Settle in to a real South African experience in Groot Marico. It no wonder that so many of Herman Charles Bosman's tales all started in the Marico. With its enchanting atmosphere and warm hospitality, the Groot Marico offers you a culturally rich holiday that's sure to relax and entertain you. The town of Groot Marico in South Africa takes its name from the Groot Marico River, which wends its way through the Marico District in North West Province. Here, in a Bushveld setting that is truly African, the attitudes are down-to-earth and the sunsets heavenly.
The Groot Marico is renowned as a cultural attraction and is also known as ‘Bosman Country’ for it is here that the famous storyteller, Herman Charles Bosman, set most of his typically South African tales. Included in these are classics such as Willem Prinsloo’s Peach Brandy, The Traitor’s Wife and Peaches Ripening in the Sun.
The town is laid-back that it seems as if time is a mere construct: a fact attested by the clock face on the church steeple that has no provision for hands. Groot Marico is one of the only towns in South Africa that still has a manual telephone exchange. While the area is fully automated, the locals decided that they wanted to continue using the manual exchange and so it remains to this day.
One of the main activities on the Groot Marico calendar is the Herman Charles Bosman Festival, which takes place every October. There is also the Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum, which is called a ‘living museum’ because the building is an exact replica of the local school where Bosman taught in 1926. For the physically active there are the annual Marico Mountain Bike Classic and a number of hiking trails. There are also battlefield tours and the Marico Environmental Centre, which allows kids and adults to have up-close-and-personal experiences in the great outdoors. There is a wide range of accommodation available in the area from guesthouses and guest farms to bona fide farming accommodation (where you might be roped in to do everyday farming chores).
How to get here
Only two hours away from Gauteng. Groot-Marico is on the N4 between the towns of Swartruggens and Zeerust, en-route to Botswana. The town is located on the Marico River. The famous Groot-Marico region, in the northern part of the North West Province, borders Botswana.
Around the area
Strung along the railway line, just off the N4 that speeds from Rustenburg to Mafikeng and beyond, Groot Marico is the perfect pitstop en-route to places like the Madikwe Game Reserve, or beyond to Gaberone and the Botswana interior.
Tours to do
For something a little different, this is the home of South Africa’s very own moonshine, known locally as mampoer. But be warned, it is firewater with an alcohol content often reaching a staggering 90% proof.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Marico district was made famous through the books of Herman Charles Bosman.