Herman Charles Bosman

Literary Society


P.O. Box 28, Groot-Marico, 2850

Cell phone: 083 272 2958





Bookings are now open for the Bosman Weekend in October in Groot Marico.


As in previous years, the programme  for the annual Bosman weekend is varied and interesting. One difference, as a glance at the programme will show, is that there will be less frenetic activity and rushing around; more time to share at a leisurely pace, the company, the ambience of bush and fireplace - 7 performances by well known artists are included in the weekend package.


The entertainment is all based on the Bosman inspiration;

the atmosphere and culinary fare promises to be authentic Marico bosveld.


Attached you will find a programme and booking arrangements, as well as a list of accommodation options.

Be so kind as to spread the information about the weekend to those that may be interested. Bookings will be done on a first come first serve basis, as available facilities can only accommodate a limited number of guests.


Looking forward to hear from you.

Santa van Bart
Groot Marico Information Centre
083 272 2958

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WEEKEND PACKAGE ( accommodation excluded)


The weekend package includes :




The cost of a weekend package is R395 per person.


This amount is payable in advance and must be deposited in the the following bank account: H.C. Bosman Literary Society, First National Bank Groot Marico , Bankcode 240140 Account Number 602 3803 6061


Deposit slips  to be faxed to 014 503 0085 ( mention surname as reference)


Guests are advised to book as soon as possible, as only a limited number of people can be accepted, due to the available facilities  on  the different venues, and the fact that the organisers want to retain an intimate and personal atmosphere.


So, don’t be the one to be disappointed in missing this very special event.




There are various accommodation options available ranging in price from R40 per person per night- R180 pppn. ( Bunk beds in dormitories, self catering, farm accommodation , camping sites and bed and breakfast options) a  List of accommodation options available from Santa at info@marico,co.za or 083 272 2958 .


Guests are responsible to book their own accommodation – a 50% deposit will secure  accommodation and bookings to be done through the Information Centre in Groot Marico.


( Information Centre, First National Bank Groot Marico. Bankcode 240140. Account Number 602 3803 6657)


Fax for deposit slips 014 503 0085  and mention your surname and initials as reference.


Contact person:


Santa van Bart (HC Bosman Literary Society)

Information Centre Groot Marico

Cell 083 272 2958

Email: info@marico.co.za

Web  : www.marico.co.za


(see weekend programme on the next page)




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Friday evening 15 October 2004


 “Oom Schalk Strikes Back” This  show by Tim Sandham and Angus Douglas  is not part of the weekend package ( which starts on Saturday morning ) but is specially arranged  for those who did not see the show last year and  are able to make it for the Friday night. Tickets available at the door at R25, and a light supper will be available to purchase. Those not attending the performance can relax on the Bosman terrain where there will be free coffee and tea around the campfire and readings from Bosman’s short stories. Performance venue is the NG Church Hall in Groot Marico, which is next to the Bosman terrain, and the show will start at 20h00.


Saturday 16 October


From 8h00        Coffee and  beskuit will be ready at the Bosman terrain in Groot Marico.

8h30-9h30         Registration and collection of tickets  ( N.G. Church terrain - Groot Marico )

9h45                 The HCBLC  welcoming guests and a feedback on the Herman Charles  Bosman Living Museum project.

10h30               Tim Sandham and Angus Douglas give a humouristic and informative lecture on Bosman’s life, titled :   Bosman – then and now.

11h30               Performance: Patrick Mynhardt  -  favourite Bosman stories.


Lunchtime  Lunch will be served at the terrain  from 13h00. From now until 16h00 guests are free to follow their own inclination. There will be various options available , like a visit to a mampoer farm , to local artists in residence, a sound journey, informal Bosman  readings,walks along the Marico river or a scenic drive.


16h00   Performance “The Great Bosman Quiz”


18h00   Braaivleis, salads, home made bread, campfire, moerkoffie.

18h45   Launch of the poetry volume “Wild Seed” in the Human & Rousseau Anniversary Edition of Herman Charles Bosman, edited by Stephen Gray.  Mampoer,  jerepigo, coffee, koeksisters and melktert to celebrate. Books for sale.

19h30   Poetry readings from Bosman by Dorothy-Ann Gould and Stephen Gray.

20h30   Performance :” A Touch of Madness”  directed by Nicky Rebello performed  by David Butler. 


Sunday 17 October


8h00     Early morning coffee and rusks at RiverStill Guest Farm.

9h00     Performance : Antoinette Pienaar with some more stories from the Karoo.

             Body break

10h00   Patrick Mynhardt reads his favourite Bosman stories.

11h30   BRUNCH  

12H30  Short evaluation and discussion of the weekend and farewells.


Contact Santa van Bart for bookings and more information
Call 083 272 2958  or e-mail info@marico.co.za



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List of accommodation available in Groot Marico


 Bookings done by the Information Centre in Groot Marico.

Contact Santa on 083 272 2958 or email info@marico.co.za


Little Eden            Farmhouse next to river. 9 km from town. Accommodate 6-8  people. Fully self catered. R80  per person per night. Hikes and fishing, swimming, bird watching.


Lago de Valencia Chalets on Twyfelspoort  dam. 2-4 persons per unit. !0 km from Groot Marico. Restaurant available. R300 per chalet per night , that can accommodate 3-6 people(in one room)  Licenced bar. Fisherman’s paradise.


Marico Bosveld Plaasakkommodasie              Big farmhouse. 5 Rooms. 12 km from Groot Marico. Can accommodate up to 18 people. Minimum booking of 6 people for 2 nights @ R90 per person will be accepted. Discount for groups and children.


Home of the Lion Farmhouse. 4 rooms – 8 people  @ R135 per person per night( bed and breakfast) R105 per person per night without breakfast.  .Swimming pool. DSTV. 10 km from Groot Marico. Restaurant available.


Ye Old Farmhouse              Old farmhouse. Big stoep. 3 Rooms . 6-10  people R80 per night per person. Minimum of 4 people to book for two nights. Children R45 per night


Angelas Guesthouse           In Groot Marico town . 4 en-suite double rooms. R165 per person per night. For bed and breakfast. R140 per person per without breakfast . Two bedroomed cottage with bathroom and TV.-Self catering.R140 per person per night. Breakfast optional extra for R25.


Lourie Guesthouse             Bed and breakfast .1km. from Groot Marico. Charlet  with 2 double rooms (en-suite)  and one ensuite double room in main house.. R180 per person per night for bed and breakfast and R150 per person per night without breakfast.


Lapa Chalets        3 chalets  1km. fromGroot Marico . Next to river.. Each accommodate 2-4 people. Self catering and outside kitchen. R100 per person per night.


Marico Bosveld Guesthouse              1 km, from  Groot Marico 2 Double rooms. DSTV . Swimming pool. Fully self catering and breakfast on request. Place in lounge for children if neccesary. R120 per person per night. Children half price.


Sallileni Farm Accommodation        4km. from Groot Marico next to river. 2  Self catering flats with 2 rooms each  and en-suite room in main house. R80 per person per night. Swimming , fishing, hiking.


RiverStill Guestfarm          6km. from Groot Marico, Ströh House 3 double rooms and I room for single person @ 110 per person per night. Davids Cottage 3 people @ R95 per person per night. Kaspirs Kaya has 2 ensuite rooms @ R 120 per person per night. Lovely atmosphere, mountain and river. Self catering and meals on request.


Stille Waters       Near to the Marico river, 5km. out of town. Main house has 3 rooms and can sleep 8 people. DSTV Swimming pool(indoor)R80 per person per night .Oupa Pelser se huis 2 rooms and big lounge and two exstra rooms outside with own facilities. R80 per person per night Lovely gardens. Conference facilities. Nice outside Lapa. Johannes se huis 5 double rooms. Fully equipped. Swimming pool. Lovely garden. R80 per person per night.Ideal for families and bigger groups.


Sonop     On the Marico River 15 km. out of town. Several rooms in big farmhouse. R90 per person per night.( See next page )



Riverbend              Big old farmhouse. Can accommodate 8-10 people. Price is R880 per weekend for the whole house. 23 km from Groot Marico in secluded kloof. Nice atmosphere in a beautifull part of the Marico Kloofs.


Kleinfontein Huts 5 huts with 2- 4  beds in each- some bunk beds (beds can be added). Shared ablusion facilities.R200 per hut per night  6 km. from town .Lovely kitcen facility.  Swimming dam ideal for large families and groups. Big space for kuier. No electricity. Bring own bedding .Remember a torch


Maruntwane Guesthouse   3 Double rooms @ R120 per person per night. Breakfast  and other meals on request.. 12 km from Groot Marico, on the N4,..Wonderful hospitality and cuisine, traditional mampoer for a welcoming and game drives on request.

Maruntwane Boshuis  Basic accommodation  Self catering or meals on request. Can sleep a family of 4 .No electricity . Donkey, Gas and Woodstove. R100 per person per night.

Maruntwane Rondavel accommodates a couple. R120 per person per night. Self catering or meals on request.

Maruntwane Camp 63. 2 Wooden huts that accommodates 4 people each. Communal kitchen and ablusion. R100 per person per night. Self catering. Bedding and crockery provided .


Doornkraal Guesthouse    On the Marico river. 7km. from town. Swimming pool and DSTV. Out of Africa House 4 rooms sharing 2 bathrooms. 3 Self catering cottages ( 2 people per unit with additional sofa for a child) Family house accommodates 6 people. – Price R140 per person per night and R185 per person sharing.per night b&b (b&b for single person R199)


Up The Creek       On the Marico river 4 km from Groot Marico. Rondavel (2 people) Longdavel 2 rooms for 4 people. Klaas se cottage 2 rooms and lounge(6-7 people) Gas , wood , magic and candles. R70 per person per night.( Children R40) Fully self catering. Stoves, Fridges and Flush loo’s with shower or bath Secluded and save , unspoiled nature , hiking routes along the river, swimming, fishing , canoeing, or just enjoy the bright stars and unpolluted air.


Kearneys Paradise              On the Marico river. Extra big farmhouse that can accommodate 20 people. Need 4x4 vehcile or bakkie. Fully selfcatering. Price R80 per person per night or negotiable for bigger groups and children.. 4x4 drives, hiking, swimming, very nice kloofs in the Marico Valley.


Getsemane            On the Marico river. 15 km. from town dirt road . House for a family 4-8 people. Self catering.R75 per night per person Bedding and all kitchen equipment provided. Real nice spot on the river and a place for rest, solitude and meditation. .Bakkie or 4x4 vechile  preferable


Cottage on the Dam             At Marico Bushveld Dam 12 km. from town. R200  per night for the cottage plus R15 dayfees per person  per day. Share ablusion. House can accommodate up to 10  people.


Botshabelo Guesthouse and Farmyard  House with 5 en- suite self catering units on farm 3km. from Groot  Marico.  Near to the river..DSTV, Swimming pool, braaifacilities .Meals on request. Fully licenced restaurant  R160 per person per night .Luxury accommodation. Conference facilities. Beauty salon.


Shalom      Rondavel on a real old boere farm with excellent hospitality and a wonderful atmosphere. The farm is situated 7km from Swartruggens, 30 km before you get to Groot Marico. Prepare meals in an outside kitchen and in the lapa, or enjoy the meals of the house on tequest. R75 per person per night and meals extra. Children will enjoy hands on farming, hikes , swimming in the sement dam and excellent guidance on bird and tree species, as well as star gazing


Eminent Lodge   Self catering 6-8 people  Two chalets. Luxury accommodation . Horse riding . Mountain hiking . , Bird watching. Most wonderful place at the foot of a mountain, with a running stream and undisturbed nature. R150 per person per night. Discount for groups larger than 4.


Farmhouses          Staying with local people in their houses. Experience the real Marico and it’s people. From -R75- R90  per person per night ( See next page.)



Sjabachja          Cottage on the Marico river 12 km. from Groot Marico .Fully equipped for self catering. Two rooms. Can accommodate 4 people and children in lounge. R70 per person per night.


Bobbejaankrans          Farmhouse in the Rietvalley, 10 km. from Groot Marico.Self catering. Fully equipped. Four rooms and can accommodate up to 10 people .R75 per person per night.


Chimera Game Ranch        Game Farm 7 km. out of Groot Marico. 7 En-suite Double Rooms. Communal kitchen, self catering , swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, pool room, game drives on request. R150 per person per night


Tara Rokpa Centre       Basic accommodation in farmhouse 4 Rooms R80 per person and R30 for breakfast. There is a cottage with 2 rooms for a family R80 per person per night. 24km from Groot Marico in a pretty valley.


Malachite Bush Camp     Two ensuite tents . Each tent has 2 rooms. Double bed and two singe beds. Bedding provided. Bring own towels. 3km. hiking route along the Marico river.20km from Groot Marico

R125 per person per night, or R500 per night for all the facilities.




Sallileni Camping    On the Marico river. Electricity. Clean ablusion. R70 per site per night (max 4 people) 4 km. from Groot Marico. Save environment. Caravan on site sleeps 4 people. R90  per night for caravan.


Kleinfontein Camping        7km. from Groot Marico. Swimming dam and clean ablusion Thatched lapa. R30 per person per night.


Camping at the Bushveld Dam.         15km. from Groot Marico. R20 per vechile and R15 per person per day.


Fascination Private Bush Camp    7km. from Groot Marico . 5 Huts accommodates 20 people. In the Fascination Game Farm. Game drives on request. Self catering.


Shalom Camping  for groups    Accommodate groups up to 60 . On a farm. Fully equipped kitchen . Bring own bedding. Swimming dam. Bird and tree outings can be arranged as well as star gazing with a knowledgeable guide. Prize is R25 per person per night. Self catering , or catering can be done at very reasonable prices.



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