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This is a 27 km circular trail, taking 2 days to complete. Shorter walks available. The base camp consists of a restored farmhouse with electricty, kitchen and lapa, then there is an overnight hut with accommodation for 20 hikers - toilet and showers but no electricity.Attractions include mountain scenery, game and Groot Marico River.
Ticks are prevalent. There is a limit of 20 hikers for this trail. The Marico River is bilharzia free.
The Marico Hiking Trail, situated on the Omega Game Farm, 12 km south of Groot Marico in the westem Transvaal, leads through typical highveld and bushveld vegetation along the Groot Marico River and through the mountains before reaching the overnight hut, a distance of approximately 15 km.
The second day is 12 km in length. Along the way hikers may spot some of the many antelope species, including gemsbok, living on the farm, and the 103 bird species present ensure some interesting sightings.
The route requires moderate exertion and should appeal to the reasonably fit as well as beginner hikers. Spring and autumn offer the most pleasant hiking conditions for this clearly marked trail; summers are hot and an early start is advised. Hikers can cool off in one of the many enticing pools in the river.
Shorter trails, varying from 30 minutes to two hours, run along the river bank.