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
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
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceMpumalanga
DistrictEhlanzeni
MunicipalityThaba Chweu
Established1880
Area
 • Total35.01 km2 (13.52 sq mi)
Elevation
1,436 m (4,711 ft)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total3,996
 • Density110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African61.2%
 • Coloured13.0%
 • Indian/Asian0.9%
 • White22.9%
 • Other2.0%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans29.4%
 • Northern Sotho22.0%
 • Sotho14.8%
 • English10.9%
 • Other22.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
1270
PO box
1270
Area code013

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 hillock. “God’s Window”, a scenic view from the escarpment of the Lowveld below, is located outside the town.

Grsnkop is 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