Kokstad lies at the foothills of the Drakensburg Mountains, in the East Griqualand area of KwaZulu-Natal, near the border with the Eastern Cape.
Lying in the shadow of Mount Currie, Kokstad is popular for its many rivers and dams which provides locals and visitors ample opportunity for trout fishing. There are also no fewer than three nature reserves in the area with wonderful walking trails and beautiful picnic spots, making the little town a tourist destination worth visiting.
Kokstad is a bustling little town, with a Museum and National Monument on Main Street which focuses on the Griqua people and their history. It was also once the subject of international news when Oprah Winfrey’s charitable foundation, the Angel Network, established a school for disadvantaged children in the Shayomoyo Township just outside the town.
Today Kokstad is mainly devoted to farming, but this wild and beautiful part of our country still attracts tourists looking for peace and quiet and a chance to appreciate this untamed nature!
Kokstad offers a variety of accommodation including Guesthouses, B&B’s, Lodges and country Inn’s.
Things to do and see
- East Griqualand Museum
- Mount Currie Nature Reserve
- Ingeli Mountain Bike Trail
- Thamatu Hiking Trail
- Weza-Ngele Forest
- Route 56
- Kokstad Golf Course
Kokstad receives approximately 747 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 22˚C.
There are daily flights into Margate Airport 145 km away via the N2, Pietermaritzburg Airport 190 km away via the R56 or King Shaka International Airport, 293 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Kokstad is named after the Griqua Chief Adam Kok III, the leader of the Griqua tribe which settled area in the 1860’s after confrontations with the Voortrekkers. Stad is the Dutch and Afrikaans word for city.
Two prominent European settlers George Brisley and Donald Strachan played a major role in the early development of Kokstad and East Griqualand: their trading store, Strachan and Co, introduced South Africa’s first indigenous currency - a set of trade tokens which circulated across a wide region, covering an area the size of Ireland.
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