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.
We invite you to come and experience the spirit and hospitality of the Marico firsthand! This region holds a special appeal and has much to offer.
The town Groot-Marico (Big Marico) 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 the 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.
The Marico district includes rock paintings by early San and Bushmen people and an old watermill (now a national monument) on the farm Naauwpoort. Also in the district, at Mabotsa, is the ruin of the first mission erected by David Livingstone.
Attractions include a sundowner sunset cruise on the Marico Bosveld Dam, Potjiekos at Lekkerbreek Boereklub, a Raft ride to Die Oog (the eye of the Molopo River), slate plant, wine cellars, Mampoer, crocodile farm, game drives, the Home of the Lion and Kaditshwene Ruins – an impressive heritage of 17th century people; Kortkloof Tswana Village; Langkloof and Enzelsberg hiking trails; Mampoer Farms; Marico Bushveld Tours; Marico Dam Nature Reserve; Bushmen rock paintings; Groot Marico/ Herman Charles Bosman weekends.
Groot-Marico was made famous by the stories of Herman Charles Bosman who captured the spirit of the Afrikaans farmers of this region in his world-famous books such as Mafeking Road and A Sip of Jerepigo.