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Kranskop is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Kranskop shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Kranskop is located in South Africa
Kranskop (South Africa)
Kranskop is located in Africa
Kranskop (Africa)
Coordinates: 28°58′S 30°51′E / 28.967°S 30.850°E / -28.967; 30.850Coordinates: 28°58′S 30°51′E / 28.967°S 30.850°E / -28.967; 30.850
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District Umzinyathi
Municipality Umvoti
Established 1894
 • Total 1.48 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,514
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 86.4%
 • Coloured 3.6%
 • Indian/Asian 6.5%
 • White 2.3%
 • Other 1.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 80.6%
 • English 9.9%
 • Afrikaans 1.5%
 • Other 7.9%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
PO box 3268
Area code 033

Kranskop is a small town that is situated on the edge of the Tugela River valley in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1894 as Hopetown but the following confusion with another town of the same name in the Great Karoo, Northern Cape, the name was changed. Kranskop was chosen and is named after two cliff faces that rise 1,175 metres above the Tugela Valley near the town. The name is an Afrikaans word meaning "cliff head."

The Kranskop rock formation has major significance in local Zulu legend and folklore, for whom it is called "Ntunjambili". The Zulu have ancient stories about a forbidden cave and a hill opening that provides protection from cannibals, but then it closes on those who have entered.[2]


Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, a private school, is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Kranskop.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kranskop". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Zulu Kingdom Tourism
  3. ^ "Fact Sheet." Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg. Retrieved on November 6, 2015.