The first and foremost unique and special aspect about the Marico BR is its position to be a major protector of water and water quality impacting a large portion of South Africa as well as our international neighbours. “These unique Dolomitic ecosystems are a valuable part of SA’s natural heritage, having very few parallels anywhere in the world” (Skelton, Ribbink, & Twentyman-
Three of the rivers that fall within the Marico BR, namely the Marico, Molopo and Molemane Rivers, originate in the dolomitic aquifer plateau region south of the towns of Groot-
The Marico River forms the boundary between Botswana and South Africa before it joins the Crocodile River and becomes the headwaters for the Limpopo River. The Elands River to the East flows into the Crocodile River. The Limpopo River is the international boundary between South African and three of its neighbouring countries namely Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. One of the 2 major dams in the Marico river – the Molatedi dam is also used to provide water to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. The Molopo River forms part of the southern border between South Africa and Botswana and then feeds into the Orange River downstream of Upington. The Orange River forms the border between South Africa and Namibia.