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The East Griqualand Highlands in the southernmost section of the Drakensberg is perhaps KZN’s best kept secret. Without having to look too hard, these beautiful mountain highlands and rolling farmlands have much to offer visitors.


Kokstad is the largest town in the region, named for a famous Griqua leader Adam Kok, whose story is in the quirky local museum. The natural beauty of the East Griqualand Highlands is astounding in all seasons. In spring, the earth comes to life in all its fresh greenery and there are magnificent private gardens, including a prayer garden and a cycad “garden”, many of which can be visited during the annual Encounter East Griqualand festival, one of the strangest and friendliest in the province.


Summer is the lovely blonde-grass harvest season and a beautiful time to visit. There are great hikes and trails through the Ngele Forest (where, with a guide, you can pick wild porcini mushrooms) and Mount Currie Nature Reserve, gyrocopter flights, historic stone walls and Iron Age archaeological sites to explore. For beauty while you eat, on a weekend the popular Bleiden Falls pub and restaurant is open for garlicky prawns and good steaks.


This area is famous for both the quality of its sheep and cattle as well as its artisan cheeses and other fresh produce. People are seldom seen leaving Kokstad without some of the famous regional steaks or biltong (dried meat) tucked into their bags. Kids love watching the sheep shearing, and visiting some of the local 1000-cow dairies. You can also pop in to the African Hazel Nut project, started in 2009 by Italian company Ferrero, who supply the famous Ferrero Roche brand chocolates.


Autumn is when all the leaves turn gold, orange and red before fluttering away ahead of the cold, dry, glühwein sipping, fireplace warming winters, when snow caps the surrounding mountains and sometimes even envelopes the town and surrounding farmlands.


Fly fishing is excellent in the region and you can arrange a horse-ride or 4x4 trail up into the mountains to one of the highland dams on private farms for a spot of trout or bass fishing. There are cottages to rent and small boats to take you pottering around the dams.


Pack your wellies, binoculars, a bird book and, depending on the time of day, either a flask of tea or couple of beers or a bottle of wine, and take yourself off to the beautiful Penny Park Vlei wetland bird hide to enjoy some excellent bird watching. Kokstad is one of the few places in KZN you have a chance to see all three crane species, the grey crowned, the blue and the wattle crane, in one day on a short drive through the farmlands.

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Franklin & Swartberg
Between Kokstad and Matatiele, the hamlet of Cedarville provides tranquil canoe-borne excursions on its surrounding, water-filled hollows. Also nearby, the carp-abundant Umzimvubu River is an ever-popular recreation ground for locals and visitors alike.

Venturing further afield, the 2-day Bokkiesberg Trail will take you from the Cedarville Flats to a 3-roomed bungalow waiting on the range heights. Swartberg stands at the Kokstad- Matatiele crossroads and, in keeping with the trends of surrounding local history, its original hotel - built in 1922 - now serves as a supermarket and trading store. The bed-and-breakfast hospitality of local farmers is another regional trademark maintained here. And don t forget to reserve your tickets for the wonderfully scenic, steam-train journey to Creighton in the southern Midlands - it happens but once a year and absolutely everyone wants to be aboard!

Further still is the tiny farming hamlet of Franklin.

Filled with astounding beauty and colourful, living history, East Griqualand yet conveys the sense of a vast, open and waiting canvas. Be inspired by the great outdoors...be a creative adventurer - you'll be, after all, following some remarkably singular footsteps into our wild, wild west!

Between Kokstad and Matatiele, the hamlet of Cedarville provides tranquil canoe-borne excursions on its surrounding, water-filled hollows. Also nearby...
Kokstad
The capital of East Griqualand, Kokstad lies in the Umzimhlava River basin between Mount Currie and the Ngele Mountains...256km from Durban, 195km from Pietermaritzburg and 130km from Port Shepstone.


The capital of East Griqualand, Kokstad lies in the Umzimhlava River basin between Mount Currie and the Ngele Mountains...256km from Durban, 195km fro...
Matatiele
With its roots in the 1860s, this hospitable little town of Matatiele serves local farming and trading communities...along with the neighbouring Eastern Cape and southern reaches of Lesotho - its border situated 22km westwards.

Sporting facilities include a 9-hole course at the Matatiele Country Club...plus tennis, squash, bowls, polo and shooting.

With its roots in the 1860s, this hospitable little town of Matatiele serves local farming and trading communities...along with the neighbouring Easte...
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