Definition of krantz in English:


(also krans)


South African
  • A precipitous or overhanging wall of rocks.

    • ‘The reserve is on and around a beautiful loop of the Bushman's River and includes a wide selection of bushveld, plains, krantzes and chalky hills.’
    • ‘Nahoon Nature Reserve with its Dassie Trail has, and is, being fenced and at present seems to be secure with walkers enjoying outings into this picturesque area of river, coastal bush, mangroves and krantzes.’
    • ‘The high krantzes where young herons squawked on their nests waiting for the last meal of the day to be brought to them added to atmosphere.’
    • ‘The Daily Dispatch learned from a police source yesterday that the ‘fun-jumping’ was being practised at a number of venues: the Batting Bridge, krantzes overlooking the Nahoon River, and the Steve Biko Bridge over the Buffalo River.’
    • ‘They continued on up the krantz that jutted out into the sea and stood and watched as the wild breakers crashed against the cliff reaching a tremendous height before plummeting back down again.’


South African Dutch, from Dutch krans, literally ‘coronet’.