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Marico Matters: The Source

February 17, 2017

'Standing in the evening sunlight gazing across piles of junk Pop sighed loudly and with such content that the sound seemed to travel with perfect definition across the surrounding fields of buttercup and may. "Perfick", Pop said,"You couldn't wish for nothing more perfick nowhere"

The Darling Buds of May' - HE Bates





There are two entrances to Kaaloog aka the Marico Eye  and both of them are on private property. The one that I know well belonged to a true gentleman named  Mr Hannes Palm who had fashioned a convoluted walkway through the reeds from bits of old carpet atop rusty  sheets of sinkplaat tied to  bobbing tyres which led me on to a rusty platform with an astonishing  crystal clear pool of water at the end of it.  Mr Palm presented me with a water lily and cut a  straw from its stem so that I could quench my thirst in the blistering sun with  the icy, pure, sweet water from this  major source of the Groot Marico River.  Swimming in the pristine eye with turquoise and  scarlet dragonflies for company is joyful,  healing  and awe inspiring.

Here are the facts: Unique karst systems  have formed in the North West Province from the chemical weathering of dolomite  and give rise to unique landscape and ecosystem features known as  dolomitic eyes  or springs which have unique biodiversity. Geographic  isolation results in high levels of speciation.

The Marico Eye  is  one of these,  but what makes the Marico Eye  very special is its size - it is  large -17m deep and 40m wide - and its natural state.  It is unspoilt.  

The local and national importance of  the Marico Eye   cannot be underestimated,  as well as the value of the water  for agricultural and domestic use. This is also a very popular destination for scuba divers and has featured in many dive magazines.

The hardest of hearts  and most jaded of travellers  melt when they gaze into this natural  treasure and  are moved to protect it. The  drive up to the eye  through dry veld is not picturesque, so this contrast with the sparkling eye is even more astonishing. Truly you couldn't wish for nothing more perfick nowhere.

It is quite simply Marico Magic!

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