The MIDP V project was concluded successfully at the end of 2013 with the launch of the Adam Kok II Route at Philippolis, only one of several highlights of the project. Adam Kok II was one of the best-known Griqua captains. The route entails a tour on foot through the historically important town Philippolis (situated in the Southern Free State), and was developed around important places of interest, which can be linked to the historical presence of the Griquas in the area. The Griqua nation developed from the merging of a number of roaming Khoi tribes, Free Burghers from the Cape and runaway slaves and soldiers from the Dutch East Indian Company.

After the discovery of diamonds in the Kimberley area during the 1860s, the Griqua people were relocated from Griqua Town, where they had been united by the British missionaries, to Philippolis. (In fact, the town is named after Dr John Philip from the London Missionary Society, a missionary that is well-known in South Africa.)

Sights of interest along the Adam Kok II Route include, amongst others, the current Dutch Reformed church, Chief Adam Kok’s council chamber and house, his kraal and the Griqua canons, a later gift from the British rulers.

The route got national media coverage in 2014, amongst others in the travel magazine Weg / Go and on Pasella, an Afrikaans TV journal programme.

The Adam Kok II Route was established at Philippolis in order to provide work to three local Griqua tour guides, as well as to highlight the historic Griqua presence in the town.

The guides received training and they were used for the launch. To date, they have acted as guides for a number of tourist events.

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