- Groot Marico
The name, meaning “Big Marico” has nothing to do with the size of the town, which is very small, but was so named after the Marico River.
The town is known for its beautiful bushveld surroundings and its special kind of hospitality. It is the ideal location to escape the busy city life. Groot Marino is however, “Bosman Country”, most famous for being the town that inspired the great South African Author, Herman Charles Bosman’s best-known short stories, the Oom Schalk Lourens series – here intimate stories are shared warmly, in true Oom Schalk Lourens style! Many of his fans come to visit the HC Bosman Living Museum - called this because it looks exactly like the local school at which Bosman taught in 1926.
Groot Marico is small, blink and you could miss it, but it has much to offer. The town is full of old historical buildings and is also the land of mampoer, a breathtaking strong spirit distilled from fruit. Visit the Environmental Centre to book tours of both the town and mampoer farms. For the physically active there are a number of hiking trails, water sports on the Dam or diving at the Eye of Marico.
Accommodation options in the area range from guesthouses and guest farms to bona fide farming accommodation.
Things to do and see
- Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum
- Marico Environmental Centre
- Full Day Town & Mampoer Tours
- Art Factory
- Marico-Bosveld Dam
- Marico Oog (Eye of Marico)
- Doornkraal Mountain Route
- Sterkstroom Hiking Trail
- Tara Rokpar Buddhist Centre, 27 km
Groot Marico receives approximately 469 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 22˚C.
There are daily flights into Johannesburg’s, Lanseria Airport, approximately 192 km away via the R509 and into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 261 Km away via the N4. Car rental companies are available.
The town Groot-Marico (Big Marico) is named after the Groot Marico River, one of the few perennial rivers in this area, and was founded in the 1820’s.
Interesting facts about the town are that in the district, at Mabotsa, is the ruin of the first mission erected by David Livingstone and that the town was one of the last places in the country to upgrade from a manual telephone exchange to an automatic telephone exchange.
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