Many people know about Marico through Bosman's colourful stories of early life in the Groot Marico. They are considered cultural heritage in South Africa.
The Marico of today is heavily laden with the mists of deep history and culture of yesteryear. It is a region steeped in time.....
The Marico Biosphere Reserve is comprised of a freshwater system that includes the Molemane, Molopo, and Marico river systems, and forms part of the broader Dolomitic Aquifer System of the North West Province (UNESCO 2018). The Groot-Marico and Molemane rivers feed into the Limpopo river, which provides water for people in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. The Molopo feeds into the Orange river and the Lichtenburg wetland system feeds into the Harts river and then into the Vaal river. The Marico BR lies within the watershed area of these three major rivers of South Africa and it is the only place where these three rivers share catchments/drainage regions. It is therefore critical to protect these systems to ensure the sustainable supply of quality water. The upper reaches of the Groot-Marico river was classified as a National Fresh Water Ecosystems Priority Area (NFEPA) in 2010 and was identified as a flagship free-flowing river due to the fact that it is still in an A/B class meaning it is in an unmodified or largely natural condition. It is therefore the only free-flowing NFEPA river in North West and Gauteng Provinces.
“There is no place I know that is so heavy with atmosphere, so strangely and darkly impregnated with that stuff of life that bears the authentic stamp of South Africa”.