The rolling green hills of East Griqualand offer some of the most picturesque and restful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal.
Forming part of the Southern Drakensberg, and the Swartberg, Bokkiesberg, Cedarberg and Ngele ranges to the east and south, the region is great for trout fishing in the many rivers and dams, as well as for hiking, walking or for mountain biking.
The towns of Kokstad and Matatiele are the the best-known in the area.
Kokstad has a number of historic points of interest, including the original Town Hall (now the local library) built in 1910, the Kokstad Museum (1907 building formerly used as a library) and the grave of Adam Kok, founder of Kokstad.
Matatiele, too, has a local museum that teaches about the Early Stone Age and the history of the San hunter-gatherers.
Stay over at one of the small bed and breakfasts or guest cottages scattered throughout the area.
The area is largely a stock farming area, but is also of historical interest.
It is home to three nature reserves, Mt Currie (near Kokstad), Wildfred Bauer (near Matatiele) and the Mountain Lake Nature Reserve situated 2000m above sea level and popular amoung trout fishermen.
The area also ranks as one of the country's finest dairy regions, and is renowned for cattle ranching and the breeding of race horses.
A visit to the East Griqualand region of KwaZulu-Natal will leave you awestruck at its natural beauty and rich history.
For more information on the area, contact the East Griqualand Tourism Information Office on 039 747 9077