Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Kokstad is a town in the Sisonke District of KwaZulu-Natal. The town is built on the outer slopes of the Drakensberg and is 1,302m above the sea level. Behind it Mount Currie rises to a height of 2,224m. Today, Kokstad is a centre for cheese and other dairy products.

Kokstad is named after the Griqua chief Adam Kok III who settled in the town. In the 1860s the Griqua tribe which lived in Griquatown split. Under the leadership of Adam Kok III, the one section moved to Philipolis, then across the Drakensberg to the vicinity of the modern Kokstad, which was established in 1871.

Visitors to Kokstad should visit the Kokstad Museum, which is a national monument. It is also known as the Griqualand Museum and it focuses on the Griqua people. It is located at 104 Main Street, Kokstad.

Adam Kok's commemorates the leadership of the Griqua, Adam Kok, who, after leading the Griquas from the Southern Free State to Griqualand East during the 1860's, died after a fall off a cart in 1875.

The monument is situated next to the Hope Street police station of Kokstad. If you would like to visit the original Kokstad settlement, it is 5km from the town off the Swartberg road.