A kraal is a cattle enclosure, found close to or within many Black African villages. It has similar roots to “curral” (Portuguese) or “corral” (Spanish).
At the time of the Boer War, Kraal was also used (incorrectly) to describe the entire village or settlement.
It can also be used to describe an entirely defensive structure, often constructed from thorny bushes.
How to cite this article:
Rickard, J (22 January 2007), Kraal, http://www.historyofwar.org/glossary/kraal.html