Scuba Diving in Marico Oog, Green Kalahari,
North-West South Africa
North West is a province in the northern part of South Africa, on the Botswana border and fringed by Kalahari desert to the west, Gauteng province to the east and Free State to the South. Home to the Sun City, it attracts both locals and tourists all year round and has a great deal to offer. It is peaceful and offers a sunny climate all year through, making for a most rewarding holiday experience.
Within some kilometers away from Groot Marico, there is a body of crystal clear water, with floating lillies, a fresh water-bed of wide-leafed plants, making up for the magical Marico Oog. Marico Oog is the best inland diving spot in South Africa. Diving here is more scenic and mostly used for advanced training or night dives by most Gauteng dive centers. There are no air fills possibilities on the spot, therefore requiring divers to carry their own compressors or cylinders.
Marico Oog depth drops at 16 m/52 ft and offers a visibility rate of more than 20 m/65 ft long. Formed by a natural spring, water temperatures here range between 18-24°C/ 64.4-75.2°F. The base of the pool is characterized by plant life and inhibited by divers fish species, like the bass, kurper and in some cases the fresh water eels. Advance booking is necessary and always remember to carry your diving gear.