Snow Has Fallen in Parts of South Africa

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had predicted “disruptive snowfalls” over the high-lying grounds of the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts of the Western Cape as well as Karoo Hoogland in the Northern Cape. Parts of the Eastern Cape and Lesotho have also been transformed into white winter wonderlands.

Videos uploaded by ReenvalSA show snow on the Swartberge mountain range in the Western Cape of South Africa, and for the first time in nine years on the Rooiberge at Opsoek (between Calitzdorp and Ladismith).

For ski enthusiasts, Martin Schultz at Afriski Mountain Resort told SAPeople the resort received light rainfall recently. “Unfortunately it came with quite severe, heavy winds. The wind speeds are up to 70 or 80km/h at 3,000 metres elevation, so not much snow stuck to the ground during the snowfall. That being said, Afriski Mountain Resort received about 2 to 3cm in some areas” and the resort – which is situated in the heart of the Drakensberg-Maluti Mountains – expect the snow to last at least another day or two.

Due to the climate in South Africa, snowfall is not common, and many locals have been uploading images and videos of themselves enjoying the rare winter weather while it lasts. We’ve put some of them below for you to enjoy.

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