Kokstad, often referred to as the southern gateway to the Drakensberg, lies in the shadows of Mount Currie at Brooks Nek Pass near the border of Kwa Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. The Town is named after the Griqua chief Adam Kok, who settled there in 1863. Today it’s a bustling little town, its history encased in its Museum, a national monument on Main Street, which focuses on the Griqua people.
The town, well known for its cattle farming and excellent dairy produce, is best known for its cheese. International Celebrity Oprah Winfrey placed the town on the map, amidst much fanfare, when her charitable foundation, Oprah’s Angel Network, designed a school for Kokstad’s Shayamoya Township.
Kokstad has grown in popularity due to its many rivers and dams which set the scene for excellent trout fishing. Crystal Dam, located within the Mount Currie Reserve, and the Hebron Dam, where above average rainbow trout have been caught, are firm favourites providing visitors with great opportunities for fishing and boating.
For the outdoor enthusiast the area is also home to three nature reserves. The serene Mount Currie Reserve, where a number of buck and antelope species can be sighted, the Wilfred Bauer Reserve, and the slightly smaller Mountain Lake Nature Reserve with various short paths and trails allowing for excellent short hikes. The region is also home to more than two hundred and twenty various bird species, making the area a bird watchers paradise.
How to get there
Follow the R56 from Middelburg all the way through to Kokstad, (Odometer 581km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to Kokstad, (Odometer 194km).
Self-drive would be best.
Where to Stay
You will find a wide selection of B&B’s, hotels and lodges in and around Kokstad. Try the Mount Currie Inn, Nolangeni Hotel, Ingeli Forest Resort, Herbertdale Guest House, Oak Park Guest House, Stoneybrook Ranch, The Old Orchard, Peacehaven Guest House, Kilimanjaro Guest House, Natalia Lodge, Rest Assured Guest House, Travellers Rest Guest House, Fraaiuitsig, Lindela House, Majestic Bed and Breakfast, Mooidraai Guest House, La Teranga Bed & Breakfast and Hillside Bed and Breakfast.
Where to Eat
You have a wide selection of choice from fine dining to fast food takeaways. Try the Ingeli Forest Resort Restaurant, Cassandra's, Loafers Café, Mount Currie Inn One Stop, Nolangeni Hotel, Rocky Ridge Spur, Stoneybrook Ranch Steakhouse and the wide variety of fast food takeaway outlets.