Graskop

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Graskop
Shops along the main street of Graskop
Shops along the main street of Graskop
Graskop is located in Mpumalanga
Graskop
Graskop
Graskop is located in South Africa
Graskop
Graskop
Graskop is located in Africa
Graskop
Graskop
 Graskop shown within Mpumalanga
Coordinates: 24°55′54″S 30°50′30″E / 24.93167°S 30.84167°E / -24.93167; 30.84167Coordinates: 24°55′54″S 30°50′30″E / 24.93167°S 30.84167°E / -24.93167; 30.84167
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Ehlanzeni
Municipality Thaba Chweu
Established 1880
Area[1]
 • Total 35.01 km2 (13.52 sq mi)
Elevation 1,436 m (4,711 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,996
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 61.2%
 • Coloured 13.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.9%
 • White 22.9%
 • Other 2.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 29.4%
 • Northern Sotho 22.0%
 • Sotho 14.8%
 • English 10.9%
 • Other 22.8%
Postal code (street) 1270
PO box 1270
Area code 013

Graskop is a small town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It was set up in the 1880s as a gold mining camp but it now serves as a tourist destination and the timber industry. The name is Afrikaans for grassy peak. “God’s Window”, a scenic view from the escarpment of the Lowveld below, is located outside the town.

Town 14 km south-east of Pilgrim's Rest and 28 km north of Sabie. It was laid out between 1880 and 1890 on a farm belonging to Abel Erasmus, Native Commissioner of the Transvaal Republic. Named after a grassy hillock (Afrikaans gras, ‘grass’, kop, ‘hillock’). Originally it was a mining camp. It is the best place to view the "Edge of the Lowveld", with a sudden drop of 700 metres.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Graskop". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 187. 

External links[edit]

  • Graskop travel guide from Wikivoyage