- North West
- Groot Marico
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The Marico district is situated in the North-West province of South Africa. The town of Groot Marico (Big Marico) is named after the Groot Marico River, one of the few perennial rivers in this area.
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 town of Groot-Marico has an intriguing 'Wild West' atmosphere with many of its inhabitants being descendants of the Voortrekkers.
Groot Marico is one of the few remaining places in South Africa with a manual telephone exchange. Even though the town was automated at the end of November 2000, the farms are still making use of the manual telephone exchange.
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 author Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa's best known short-story writers, held the Marico in high esteem. He wrote many wonderful stories full of humour about the Marico and its people in his world-famous books such as 'Mafeking Road' and 'A Sip of Jerepigo'.
Marble, slate and and alusite are mined in the area which is also famous for some remarkable dolomite caves containing animal fossils.
The fertile valley of the Groot Marico is densely cultivated with maize, citrus and tobacco.
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.
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