The town of Kokstad nestles on the outer slopes of the Drakensberg at an altitude of 1,302 m above sea level. It is a centre for cheese and other dairy products. Behind it Mount Currie rises to a height of 2,224 m.
One of the most harrowing mountain journeys in the history of South Africa was accomplished in the early 1860's when a section of the Griqua people, led by their chief, Adam Kok, left their homes at Philippolis in the Orange Free State and trekked eastwards to a reputed promised land.
On reaching what later became known as Griqualand East, they found that thay had indeed discovered a promised land - a region ideal for agriculture. They established a centre which they called Kokstad, named after their leader.
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