Our World – The Marico
Marico BR is a major protector of water and water quality impacting a large portion of South Africa as well as our international neighbours.
The Marico BR contributes to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, biodiversity and genetic variation within the greater region, in order to protect it’s vital environmental capital. Simultaneously the Marico BR also fosters economic and human development that is both socio-culturally and ecologically sustainable.
Within this environment, the Marico BR provides support for research, monitoring, education, and information exchange related to local, national, and global issues of conservation and development.
What is so special about the Marico?
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-Jones, 1994).
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-Marico and Zeerust. The dolomitic “eyes” are the original sources of the rivers themselves.
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.
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The Marico region is a mosaic of ecological systems and their interlinked species.
A large number of historical sites and examples of tangible cultural heritage can be found in the Marico BR.
Exploring the Region
Explore the wonders of unspoiled nature. It is this natural asset that makes the region attractive to tourists.