Travel in South Africa - North West Province - Groot Marico

The Groot-Marico (Big-Marico) River

http://www.limpoporak.com/en/river/water+quality/principles/qualitative+water+characteristics.aspx
http://www.limpoporak.com/en/river/water+quality/principles/qualitative+water+characteristics.aspx

Groot Marico Memoirs Restaurant

http://www.internetaccommodation.co.za/town/groot-marico
http://www.internetaccommodation.co.za/town/groot-marico

Traveling to Groot Marico

  1. Part 1 of this series - South-Africa-North-West-Province-en-route-from-Klerksdorp-to-Groot-Marico Part 1 - covers the route from Klerksdorp to Lichtenburg via Coligny.
  2. Part 2 of this series - South-Africa-North-West-Province-en-route-from-Klerksdorp-to-Groot-Marico-Part-2 - covers the route from Lichtenburg to Groot Marico via Zeerust.
  3. And now, Part 3 - The little town, Groot Marico, where Time apparently came to a standstill in the 19th century.


South Africa comprises several modern cities and towns, many proverbial one-horse-towns and, of course, many ghettos. What makes SA unique - in fact Africa's entire central and southern regions - is her many wide open spaces of unspoilt nature where fauna and flora thrive in abundance. Although largely under the protection of Government and/or private farmers, thousands of wild animals still live and multiply in their natural habitats. The people in SA, all of them on various levels of civilization, are, however, just like all other people in the world.

The World Bank ranked South Africa as an upper-middle income economy, the largest economy in Africa, and the 28th-largest in the world. A quarter of the population is unemployed.

Groot Marico, a charming, old-time town...

© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico

Groot-Marico

Groot-Marico (Big-Marico) is named after the Groot-Marico River - a tributary of the Limpopo River, which is one of the natural northern borders of South Africa. Between the Groot-Marico River and the Groot-Marico Mountain and a wall built by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War, is the little town Groot-Marico.

With her streets lined with blue gum trees, her enchanting old houses, available lodging along the river, her 19-century atmosphere and striking African bushveld, Groot-Marico is a haven of rest for people wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Temperatures in the region range from 19.6°C (67.28°F) in June to 30.5°C (86.9°F) in January. July is the coldest month when the mercury drops to 1.1°C on average during the night. Our visit to Groot-Marico was in July - mid-winter. It was warm enough to walk around in shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt.

The economy of Groot-Marico relies on AGRICULTURE - cattle, maize, citrus, fruit and tobacco- MINING - marble, slate and andalusite – and TOURISM. Prospects of large-scale nickel mining are fiercely opposed by the citizens of the region, but apparently in vain.

© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico

Groot-Marico Information Centre

The big old house in which the Information Centre, an art exhibition and a little book shop (also selling precious second-hand books) are situated, is the original farmhouse on the farm Wonderfontein, on which the town was developed in the mid 1800's.

Steps to Groot Marico's Info Office and Art Factory

© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico

The original farmhouse of Wonderfontein, now the Info Centre of Groot-Marico

http://www.marico.co.za/Tourist.htm
http://www.marico.co.za/Tourist.htm

Groot-Marico: Interesting facts


In the nearby Enzelsberge (Enzel’s Mountains) are the ruins of Kaditswene – the largest iron-age settlement south of the Limpopo River. In 1820 - before Groot-Marico was established by white farmers - Kaditswene was the homeland of 20 000 Bahurutshe, renowned for their skill as miners, stone masons and smelters of iron and copper.

Groot Marico is the hometown of one of South Africa's best known short story writers, Charles Bosman (1905 – 1951).

Groot-Marico is probably best known for her Mampoer - South-Africa’s exclusive liquor made with any fruit, except grapes, and distilled to an alcohol content of 65 - 75%. (Mampoer made with grapes are called Witblits [White Lightning]). Distillation is collecting vapors from boiling liquid and then condensing them back to liquid form – a technique for purifying liquids. The name ‘mampoer’ has an interesting history available at Groot-Marico’s webpage.

Groot-Marico is famous for her many varieties of wild birds (competing with the farmers for available fruit).

The Groot-Marico River is considered to be the only unpolluted river in the North West Province.

The origin of the Groot-Marico River, called the The Eye Of Marico, is 17 meters deep and forty meters wide crystal clear water.

In August 1999 proposed monkey hunting in the Skuinsdrift area just north of Groot-Marico caused havoc in the Media. Due to the lack of natural enemies – leopards confined to game reserves - monkeys have multiplied to a point where they started to raid farms in their search for food, destroying crops and bankrupting farmers. More than ten years later, still remembering the over-reaction of Media and Kie, nobody in the region is willing to discuss monkey-business.

Annual events in Groot-Marico are one of the best Mountain Bike Races in the country and the famous annual art festival, including performances of the works of Herman Charles Bosman. Monthly streetmarkets, mountain bike tours, running, swimming, Mampoer tours, Anglo-Boer War battlefield tours, story tours, bird watching and tree identification tours are the order of the day.


UNDER WATER Picture of The Eye of Marico ~ http://showme.co.za/tourism/the-eye-groot-marico-north-west-province/
UNDER WATER Picture of The Eye of Marico ~ http://showme.co.za/tourism/the-eye-groot-marico-north-west-province/

The Eye of the Groot Marico

Eye of the Groot Marico River © Martie Coetser
Eye of the Groot Marico River © Martie Coetser | Source

The Rooikrans Dam at Groot Marico

Rooikrans Dam at Groot Marico © Martie Coetser (Spring 2012)
Rooikrans Dam at Groot Marico © Martie Coetser (Spring 2012)
Rooikrans Dam at Groot Marico © Martie Coetser (Spring 2012)
Rooikrans Dam at Groot Marico © Martie Coetser (Spring 2012)
@ Rooikrans Dam, Groot Marico © Martie Coetser (Spring 2012)
@ Rooikrans Dam, Groot Marico © Martie Coetser (Spring 2012)

Herman Charles Bosman

Groot Marico is the hometown of one of South Africa's best known short story writers, Charles Bosman (1905 – 1951). As a matter of fact Bosman is widely regarded as South Africa's greatest short-story writer. Emphasizing irony and the contradictions in the Afrikaner society, Bosman wrote in Afrikaans as well as in English in a style that reminds the reader of the works of Edgar Alan Poe and Mark Twain.

After graduation, Bosman started his career as a teacher in Groot Marico. The area and its people inspired him to write his best-known short-stories. In 1926, during an argument, Bosman killed his stepbrother. He was sentenced to death and spent four years in prison before his sentence was reduced to ten years hard labor. His semi-autobiographical journal, Cold Stone Jug, is an eye-opener revealing the thoughts and attitudes of prisoners.

After establishing his own printing-press company in Johannesburg, he toured Europe for nine years, spending most of his time in London. He returned to South Africa at the start of the Second World War. One of his most significant endeavors was the translation of Omar Khayyam’s ‘Rubaiyat’ in Afrikaans. Bosman was born in Kuilsrivier on 3 February 1905 and died in Johannesburg on 14 October in 1951.

Charles Bosman: "..... Oh yes, there are two varieties (of leopards) on this side of the Limpopo. The chief difference between them is that the one kind of leopard has got a few more spots on it than the other kind. But when you meet a leopard in the veld, unexpectedly, you seldom trouble to count his spots to find out what kind he belongs to. That is unnecessary. Because, whatever kind of leopard it is that you come across in this way, you only do one kind of running. And that is the fastest kind."

Herman Charles Bosman

Herman Charles Bosman ~ http://storytellersweb.blogspot.com/2009/08/featured-author-herman-charles-bosman.html
Herman Charles Bosman ~ http://storytellersweb.blogspot.com/2009/08/featured-author-herman-charles-bosman.html

House of Charles Bosman (1926)

© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser @ Groot Marico

My favorite Charles Bosman stories are –

The Madikwe Game Reserve

http://www.madikwe.com/reserve/madikwe-game-reserve/
http://www.madikwe.com/reserve/madikwe-game-reserve/

In the vicinity of Groot Marico is the Madikwe Game Reserve - one of the largest and most popular reserves in the country. It comprises 70 000 hectares of bushveld hosting cheetahs, wild dogs, lion, hyenas, black and white rhino, giraffe, buffallo, zebra and antelopes.

http://www.madikwe.com/reserve/madikwe-game-reserve/
http://www.madikwe.com/reserve/madikwe-game-reserve/

Feel the rush of wild life in South Africa

From Groot Marico town to an area called UpThe Creek

© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ The Creek, Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ The Creek, Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter  @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
© Martie Coetser during mid-winter @ Groot Marico
Groot Marica River during mid-winter © Martie Coetser
Groot Marica River during mid-winter © Martie Coetser
Groot Marico River during mid-winter © Martie Coetser
Groot Marico River during mid-winter © Martie Coetser

More pictures of the Groot Marico region

Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
Region: Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa © Martie Coetser
© Martie Coetser (Between Groot Marico & Zeerust)
© Martie Coetser (Between Groot Marico & Zeerust)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love these hubs. Chances are I will never be able to visit this area, but your hubs give me a tour that I greatly appreciate. I love the pictures, the text, and I now have a feeling for your country because of this great hub. Nice job my friend.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

billybuc, thank you for telling me that I am achieving my goal with these 'travelling in South Africa' hubs. I want to present SA as it is for me - the ordinary and not only the so-called 'tourist attractions'. This type of hubs may not be that interesting for all writers in HubPages, but they do attract a lot of readers via search engines. Of course, national en inter-national tourists normally do some research before they hit the road. Thank you for your kind comment :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK Sista, picture this...

I'm in my leopard lounge ware sipping on some mampoer and reading my new favorite Charles Bosman looking out my veranda onto the veld.

Yes, "heaven must be somewhere quite near"... I'm coming Sista... I'm a shoe in for a big lottery any day. What's that? OK, I'll start buying tickets if that's how you win...!

I loved this entire series. Fabulous work! UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Dear marcoujor, I would love living in a small, old town like Groot-Marico, as long as I have Internet facilities, including HubPages. And to have you as my neighbor.... What more could I want? Thank you for clicking in for the read, Maria. Big Marico hugs to you....


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Now this would be my sort of 'get-away' . Peace, quiet, the wild and plenty of insect repellant. It is always a pleasure to learn about somewhere from someone who knows the area rather than the touristy garb which often gives a false impression.

I enjoyed reading your article Martie , thank you for this look into Marico


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Martie - I am just loving traveling with you through South Africa in the North West Province. I never get to travel anywhere these days!!! The photos are amazing and beautiful. I love the charming, old-time town. Such magnificent wild creatures roaming about on the reserve!!! You are an excellent tour guide. Thanks for the hospitality. Very nice hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Rosemary, the Bushveld is the ideal place to go during winter. The temperature is warm during the day and not freezing cold during the night. Best of all - there is no insects and snakes. In summer it would be very hot and you would need anti-insects and let me rather not even whisper 'snake'. Although I LOVE nature, I fear all creeps. I would not even put a foot in water if I can't see the bottom of the pool.... (lol!). Thanks for enjoying Groot-Marico with me. Oh, and I KNOW you would love a holiday in the bushveld :)))


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Faith Reaper, I am so glad you like my virtual tours! You are so welcome to stay on board for more of these kind of trips. Yes, what we can't have in real life, we can always enjoy via hubs like this and our imagination. Take care, Faith!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you SAA for another amazing virtual vacation. I so needed an escape for a few minutes and you delivered it. You should start charging a fee for your sightseeing tours!:)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Martie, like Bill, I may never get to Africa so it is a real pleasure to read your interesting hubs but especially to enjoy your prose with your wonderful photos. I loved your poem and the way you then expanded and illustrated your poem's meaning. All of the photos are great, especially the last one, I am definitely a 'river' person and this looks like a bit of heaven on earth. Voted up, shared, pinned and what not :o)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Sunshine, I love your new avatar! On the other hand, I love all your avatars. I take a lot of pleasure out of ordinary road trips, just appreciating whatever I see. And I like sharing my pleasure. I will also share my trips to other parts of the country - different regions, different climates... At the end of the day you will have such a clear idea of SA, you will think you've toured the country yourself. Thank you so much for your support, Linda :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Jools, good to see you back and good to know you've enjoyed the trip with me. I am travelling to your corner now..... :)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What an extraordinary excursion. I will never think of South Africa again with my same stereotypical

thinking. Your photographs are gorgeous and the telling of the tale superb.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Martie....You take us on such glorious tours of your country...and I Thank you, because chances are quite slim, I would ever have the opportunity to really be there and see all of this up close and personal.......Although, the life-like photos you add to your beautiful descriptions, can be stared at long enough, to transport me into their midst!! But, I can never find you....so I just come right back home!

It is clearly obvious you put a lot of time and love into the hubs you bring us. (Groot-Marico seems like a wonderful dream....something to just fantasize about)

You ROCK, Martie..........UP..+++


SilverGenes 4 years ago

Martie, like many others have said before, this is the next best thing to being there. It's such nice change from typical travelogues and the photos are lovely! Coming from Canada, it's hard to believe that these are all midwinter photos - what a beautiful land has unfolded before me!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Beautiful writing, Martie, and original photography. I especially enjoyed your poetic words along with illustrations courtesy of your artistic eye. This piece is sheer magnificence from the first word to the last. Thank you for sharing such majesty, from the wildlife to the landscape, of Groot Marico.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

mckbirds, I hope to change all stereotypical thoughts about SA with these traveling-from-A-Z -hubs of mine. Thank you so much for your inspiring comment :) Much appreciated!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

fpherj, something we have to keep in mind is the fact that experiences in our dreams/fantasies/minds are so much more intense, whether negative or positive. Touring SA via these hubs of mine may very well be more enjoyable as in real life, where you'll have to cope with surprises such as cold fronts and heat waves, hail storms and floods... muddy gravel roads and tar roads with potholes, animals in game reserves, not at all visible between the dense bushes, boring and apparent endless stretches between towns.... and so forth. So just enjoy whatever I manage to create in your mind.

This was the 1st time I visit Groot-Marico - only a cat-spit away from me. I really hope to get many more opportunities to go there. So out of this world, back to a previous age when most people were more depended of Nature than of other people.

A weekend or so in a small town like Groot-Marico could be like dwelling in paradise. But living there everyday of your life could be another story. If you are different from the rest, you will never get the opportunity to become part of the community; you will suffer rejection until the day you leave or die.

So, Paula, in dreams you don't have to experience any unpleasant realities. Enjoy! Thanks for your continuous support. You know your opinions count!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

SilverGenes, down here Nature is awfully drab and faded during winter. Everything - flora - is actually dead... not growing.... bare trees without leaves, or faded evergreens hibernating in the cold. Not by far as cold as the cold you have in Canada. I will not be surprise to hear that our winters are as 'warm' as your summers - I've heard they are like your springs and falls. When I go again to Groot-Marico during summer, I will add pictures just so you can see the difference. Trees and shrubs will be greener and denser and wild flowers will be all over looking like gods' scattered jewels. Even the river will look more alive, fed with fresh rain rich in oxygen.

I don't want these hubs of mine to be 'typical travelogues'; I want you with me in the car, or on foot, seeing exactly what I see. The broad picture. A disappointment I had just came to mind - The Pyramids of Giza - Gosh, I thought they were the color of gold - rocks covered with even, solid strips of gold - and there they were plain, common rocks looking like giant steps. Lol! Take care, Alexandra!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Amy, so good to see you 'with me' in Groot-Marico. I think I've seen too many Tarzan-movies when I was a child, so I love being in jungles of all sorts. But I will not sleep on the ground or in a tree - maybe in a luxurious tree house.... after I've checked every corner for spiders, creepy insects and snakes. Yes, I do look at Nature with artistic eyes. I get lyrical about every other tree along the road and the different tawny colors of wild grass and not to talk about windmills standing all alone in the middle of nowhere, still pumping water the good-old-way into a dam or manger of a kind. Thanks again, Amy, for coming over for the read.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Martie, Me see the painter in you!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ahhhhh Martie.....Is that sort of like the "Prince" of our dreams, who is handsome, sexy and sweet...who can sing like Caruso and dance like Astaire and buys us lavish gifts of jewels and silk.........In reality, is just your average Joe in denim, with a beer gut and no manners?

Yeah, OK....I know exactly what you mean, girlfriend!!! I get it.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

An absolutely beautiful hub about a beautiful place. Extremely well presented and informative. Not at all familiar with Charles Bosman. Will definitely have to check into his work further. Great Job!


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Your hubs make me really want to visit South Africa. Voted up, useful, and beautiful!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Martie, Another enjoyable excursion to a beautiful section in Africa. I am really getting an education. I always thought of Africa as being blazing hot all the time, Wild animals running free, now i find that you have seasons, beautiful foliage and rivers. I wonder why Charles Bosman died so young?. Vey informative hub. Loved your pictures..Thank you..Hugs*****


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I've enjoyed all your hubs exploring South Africa very much, Martie, but this is my favorite. I think that's partly because of the beautiful river photos. I love learning about Southern Africa by reading your words and looking at the photos and videos.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Dear Martie:

I have read only part 3, but I loved it, especially about the writer. You made me want to read him and, of course, a trip to South Africa is on my mind, so I will be "drinking" the taste of anticipation slowly ... taking it in...

Even if I never make it, I'll end up knowing much more about the land than before I met you.

The hat is, however, probably for Daniel - he looks better in it.

I will be reading more.

Thanks a lot,

and I wish you luck with your Tours.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

What a treat to see this part of South Africa. So uninhibited - it almost looks as though modern technology hasn't touched this little town, so unusual and so fascinating. Thanks for sharing this Martie - beautiful! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Amy, how I wish I could paint!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

fpherj - exactly! Coming to terms with a Joe's un-princely habits takes a lot of insight and emotional strength. But at present I am not talking too loud about any Joe and his brother, because it seems to me I've managed to find myself a real prince. Not real as in Philip and Charles, but real as in a dream come true. I am developing an anxiety disorder out of fear that someone/something may burst my bubble any day. You know what I mean.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

rcrumple, it is so good to know you consider Groot-Marico to be beautiful. Many people may not consider old houses and old buildings to be beautiful, but there is something in them - character - that captivates and enthralls me. Thank you for your kind comment :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

jennzie, I hope you'll get the opportunity to visit South Africa. If not in real life, just stay on board...


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

always exploring, I guess Bosman was a victim of high cholesterol. My father had his first heart attack at the age of 42 due to high cholesterol, and he died during the second attack at the age of 54 in spite of all preventive medication. That was before heart bypass operations became the order of the day.

But I may be wrong about Charles. According to the records, "After a housewarming party in October 1951 Bosman experienced severe chest pains and was taken to Edenvale Hospital.... He was discharged and collapsed at home a few hours later. Bosman died as he was being rushed to hospital."

Ruby, I am so glad you enjoyed this hub :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Alicia, I try to keep it simple. My hubs are simply teasers. There are so many highly informative articles on the Internet, while most people only need pictures to form an idea that might encourage them to visit a place, or to obtain more information. Always good to see you in my corner!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Kallini, reading about other countries was always a favorite hobby of mine. I know I will never be able to know everything there is to know, but at least I will have an idea to cherish. I am still excited about a hub about Alaska - published by TToombs. I thought it was always covered with snow, like Greenland. And for all I know even Greenland is not always covered with snow? Thanks for your generous comments, Svetlana :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, MelChi! Do you know Groot-Marico is the only town in SA still using the manual exchange?


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Martie, I start paying more attention only when I know the possibility of traveling exists -

and today at the store - the book section - there was an atlas and don't even ask me what map I was looking at?

I was thinking about writing about Montreal, but again no promises - I don't think I am a good guide.

My tours would be called

"Misguided Tours of an Impressionable Free Spirit".

But we can always dance tango on the streets - there is nothing EASIER! Wherever I go, there is entertainment.

Ciao,


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Kallini, please consider writing a hub about your dancing in the streets. That was an awesome 'project' with lots of potential on International level. I've done a hub 'Sightseeing via Skype' of Montreal - thanks to our friend Erik, but I did not publish it. So maybe it can go with yours - I kind of like the title 'Montreal: A Perception of a Tourist', but I think I've given it another similar title. I've taking some lovely snapshots and would like to publish it. But at the right time. In the meanwhile, enjoy your Wednesday! (10:30am down here. Time for tea!)


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I didn't know that, wow - that's quite fascinating. Go Groot-Marico! :)


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Yes, Martie - maybe I will do a hub about Montreal, but it will be more my impressions than what anyone can expect to find on an impersonal web site "Things to see in Montreal".

The only thing I don't want to make is a PROMISE. I know how hard it is to keep them.

I might make a list of POSSIBILITIES, what I can write about, and then choose one and do it.

But it's a pity you did not not publish your hub - maybe it should be my incentive!

If I publish, you publish!!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Okay, Kallini, if you publish, I will publish.... lol! I, too, hate making promises, because when I can't keep them for any reason whatsoever, I hate myself. Force me to promise you that I will publish a hub every Saturday.... I will do my best to keep my promise, and therefore I will be anxious and NOT able to write. When I eventually break my promise, I will feel guilty, and then I will blame you (in my heart) because you've forced me into a promise I am not able to keep. (Maybe this is the same kind of thing we see in marriages. One or both parties can't manage to keep all those promises, then they start to blame and hate each other - Another topic! Okay, you first! Publish and I will too....

MelChi, let me phone Santa at Groot-Marico's Information Office to hear exactly how and why they are still using the manual exchange. Maybe they have recently changed to automatic, or maybe they are using both systems. I'll come back to you with fresh information.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Now I do not need either a world atlas or a map or travel agency info. All I need are Martie's hubs to take a very satisfying tour of the northwest province of South Africa. Thank you for this series, Martie, I learned a lot of useful information. Someday I may even have the opportunity to put it in practice. And Groot Marico is on the list. I'll be sure to tell them you sent me!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I long to be there and see these sights for myself, to smell the earth and air. Your love for your amazing country makes me love it even more. You make it live and breathe for those of us who have not been blessed to stand there for ourselves. Thank you for that.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

drbj, how I would love to be your personal hostess at Groot-Marico. You will be treated like a queen. If you come during Summer, I will personally kill every mosquito who dares to bite you. If you come during Winter, I will organize an interview for you with the leader of the Marico-monkeys. If you come during Spring, I will dive into that clear Eye of the Marico and fetch you a transparent fish. In Autumn I will,,, now what would you like to have in Autumn? Thank you so much for your visit :))


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hyphenbird, it is wonderful to know I succeeded in my goal to make Groot-Marico 'alive' and 'breathing' with a virtual tour. I know I would love a similar tour of your region. I am so glad you came over for the read :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Love those incredible pics. So interesting makes me want to visit. Thanks for sharing this great hub and passing it on.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Gypsy, so good to see you in here. Just imagine walking down to the river with us and having a picnic on the banks of the Groot Marico River. I love staring at a river... just staring at the water. Maybe I was once upon a time a fish. Take care, my dear friend!


Mr. B 4 years ago

Thank You my Love for visiting Groot Marico with me. I hope to take You there again SOON. Any place I go with You beside me is and will be the PERFECT place to be like You are the PERFECT companion. Mwha


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Mr.B, your romantic approach makes me blush! I feel like being kissed in public! You know my philosophy: People give people the opportunity to be who/what they are. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be my most comfortable self. YOU are the perfect companion for me and I am truly happy and grateful to know you feel the same about me. Since I've met you I can agree with the saying, 'The best things come to those who wait.' Looking forward to see you tomorrow.

BTW, I can 'see' you are typing on your i-pad while you are either driving or eating. Kerkbazaar! Lol! Love you!


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epigramman 4 years ago

.......You are a very lucky young lady Miss M - that was Mister B (gotta admit he is the most blessed man in the world at the moment for knowing and loving you) and now this is Mister C .....and I am enjoying your three part series here - and this particular hub journey has everything - history, geography, culture - photography - wild life - and of course the beautiful author (have to admit; I am smitten by her

myself) who put this truly awesome world class presentation together - sending you warm wishes dear Martie and good energy too from lake erie time ontario canada on a post summer's day full of sunshine and warm temperatures where my two little lions are laying out back


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Lol, Epigramman, you charming Canadian, always grooming me with the honeycomb. Fortunately Mr. B consider the Atlantic Ocean as a keeper of his/our peace. You should see him looking like a lion eating cream while he reads your flattering comments. Lol! Thank you so much for your continuous support, Colin! You are welcome to come down for a tour of South Africa. I am afraid, though, Mr. B will lock me up in a cage with wheels, pulling me all the way. But I am sure he will allow you to feed me bananas and peanuts at every pit stop. LOL! Hugs to you, Epi!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The haven of Groot Marico did not disappoint! Delivered as promised Martie. From your marvelous pictures and history of the place to mental images of rows of blue gum trees(how cool this species of tree). No monkey business when i say sure would love to visit the North-west Province with its Big Marico, Boer battle sites, and game reserve someday. The treasures you have there in South Africa are simply wonderful friend Martie.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

AND I think that farmhouse would make a sweet love shack... just sayin...!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Alastar, I've just returned from Groot-Marico. After spending just one night and half of a day in that bare, untouched nature, I feel completely refreshed and more than ready to tackle my responsibilities. I am going to add some more pictures, and particularly of the Marico Eye. Make a note and come back in a few days to have a look at them. Thank you so much for showing interest in my beautiful country :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

My dear marcoujor, at the end of the day we've decided to overnight in another cottage just a couple of yards away from the one in the picture. And guess why? Because the 'other one' was just upgraded with a brand new double bed. Lol! Just saying......


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You sweet thang, I would not have guessed but I am impressed!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Lol, marcoujor! There's only one, two, no three things in this world I cannot cope with. One of them is an old, flaccid, squeaky mattress... :}


Mr. B 4 years ago

And what are the other two my sweet Bokkie? Lol


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

My dearest Mr. B, to mention only the tangible, it would be uncomfortable shoes and chauvinists... (Thank you for not being a chauvinist!) Mwah x 10 :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Vanity, thy name is M & M...

Nothing makes my blood boil more than being with a flaccid chauvinist whilst my feet are sore from tight soles...! You really are my Sista, Sista!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

marcoujor, I remember a day I had to deal with both intolerabilities at the same time. The memory is filed in my TBFF - (To-be-Forgotten-Folder).

I just added more pictures of the Eye of Marico, taken 3 days ago.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Sista,

I would quickly replace those memories in your TBFF with the gloriously heavenly pictures of the Eye of Marico...thank you for sharing this morning.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

I will drop the entire folder, Mar, next time I go for a swim in the eye with Mr.B.... :))


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

You have some great photos of beautiful places. Your pictures and descriptions were quite interesting. Didn't watch all the video, but want to come back sometime for all those amagnificent animals. You have presented an intriguing image of your South Africa. Thank you so much.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Frogfish, that video is quite long, but worthy to watch if you really want to know what it it is like to spend time in our game reserves, observing all those gorgeous animals. Of course, the music you will not hear, only the sounds of nature. I love spending time in bare nature. Nature always restore my original 'settings'. I am proud of my country and hope to destroy all misconceptions aroused by negative media reports of worldwide problems we, too, have to solve. Thanks for your support.


Mr B 3 years ago

My dearest Bokkie, it has been 7months....... I think we need anotherphoro shoot in the Marico don't you??????


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Mr B - Have I told you lately that you have the brightest ideas and the most beautiful personality? Mwah! Love you!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Martie I didn't see my name. Guess this one got away from me. I sure looks like a wonderful place to relax and loose all the stress. Wouldn't mind visiting one day. Terrific pics. Passing this on it deserves a new pearltree Traveling.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Gypsy! It is amazing to feel oneself unwind in unspoiled nature like this. Here, by merely breathing, it takes less than an hour for me to get rid of stress. I can literally feel how it leaves my body. Living in a relatively large town, I need to escape from time to time to a place like this, even only for 24 hours. And how I wish I could live permanently in this woods, writing full-time. Good to know you would like to visit one day. I will be your tour guide, taking you on the off-beaten road :)


Carel van Rooyen 2 years ago

Hi, Martie, nice site. My mother grew up about 20 km south of Groot Marico in the most beautiful part of the world. She and my brother still have the farm and we go there yearly. You just made a caption mistake with the eye of Marico: Those are not the Marico eye, but could be further down. The Marico eye lies upstream on the farm where my mother's cousin grew up, and the cousin's husband is currently running the operation. It's about 7 km from my mother's farm. This is their website: www.marico-oog.co.za .


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Carl, thanks for your visit. Oh, i just saw i have posted only pictures of the creek. Let me update this hub witout delay. Thanks a lot for your informative comment. Much appreciated. Mooi loop!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Carel - my pictures of the Eye itself are lost. Going to shoot some this coming weekend. I have corrected the caption of those photos of the dam in the creek. Does it have a name?

I have also added a link to the blog of your cousin's husband - http://www.marico-oog.co.za/html/Gallery.html


Carel van Rooyen 2 years ago

Your response is quick! No, I'm not exactly sure where that dam is. Some way downstream from the eye is an area that my mother says is called "die lyste". But I'm not sure at all if this is it.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Carel, I will update this hub on the 20th with pictures of the eye, and also with the location of this dam. It's about 2km downstream from the eye. Unspoilt nature! I love this valley :)


Carel van Rooyen 2 years ago

Then this could be the place that my mother had in mind. Keep up the good work!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Carel, I have done some editing to this article and published a new article all about the Marico Eye. Here is the link - and thank you for inspiring me to write more about this awesome region. http://hubpages.com/travel/The-Eye-of-the-Marico-R...

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