Winter wonderland: Here’s where you can go to see the SNOW
Several parts of South Africa have been transformed into winter wonderland settings thanks to snow. Here's how you can take advantage!
The cold snap may not have brought snow to all parts of the country but it certainly has brought a drop in temperatures for most parts of South Africa and this is set to continue into the weekend.
There are reports of snowfall in mountainous areas along the borders of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as, in the Free State and the Eastern and Western Cape.
SNOW IS A RARE COMMODITY
Snow is considered a novelty by many South Africans since it is not seen often by most of us. When there has been significant snowfall many eager snow-seeking South Africans hop into their cars and travel out to areas where they can see fluffy white snow.
For those who are eager to see real snow, there have been recent reports of heavy snowfall in the following areas:
CALITZDORP, WESTERN CAPE
Calitzdorp is a quaint little town located on Route 62. It is nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape. This town is known as the port capital of South Africa, due to the quality of the port wines produced by local wine farmers. Calitzdorp is surrounded by the Swartberg Mountains, which are currently capped in snow.
SWARTBERG MOUNTAIN PASS COVERED IN SNOW
The Swartberg Mountains in the Western Cape are composed of two main mountain chains running along the northern edge of the semi-arid Little Karoo. Most of the Swartberg Mountains are above 2 000m high, making them the tallest mountains in the Western Cape. Residents in the area are currently marvelling at the more than average sprinkling of snow which has been received over the last 24 hours.
ROUXVILLE, FREE STATE
Rouxville, in the Free State, is located near the Drakensberg Mountain Range, and the Lesotho border. Residents of the town woke up to find their gardens and homesteads covered in a blanket of snow on Thursday.
DORDRECHT RESIDENTS REPORT SPRINKLING OF SNOW
The Stormberg Mountains situated in the Eastern Cape are an easterly extension of the Bamboesberge, which are part of the greater Drakensberg Mountains. They form part of the Amatola and Stormberg region where South Africa’s only ski resort, Tiffindell, is situated.
Residents of Dordrecht have reported a sprinkling of snow in the area over the last 24 hours.
LANGKLOOF, EASTERN CAPE
The Langkloof Valley is part of the Cape Fold Mountains which are a short mountain range found between the Tsitsikamma and the Outeniqua Mountains. The valley is an area that stretches over 160 kilometres. The area is ideal for growing fruit, particularly apples and pears. Residents in this valley have witnessed magnificent snowfall over the last 24 hours.