Last December (when it was mid-summer here in the southern hemisphere), I wrote a post called It’s snowing in Africa. It wasn’t of course – it was just WordPress who created a snowing effect on our blog screens. I loved it so much, that I got a little carried away photo-shopping my header image (of a wilderness camp in the Kalahari) to include snow on the ground and a snowman! My attempt at humour . . . what can I say?
Since then I have had dozens of readers who have searched for the term “snowing in Africa” finding that post, and no doubt being horribly disappointed! This time it’s for real though.
We have fairly mild winters here in South Africa, with cold nights and mild days. The Western and Southern Cape experience winter rains as the cold fronts move across the country. Where I live along the coast, we don’t get snow at ground level, and rarely get snow on the coastal mountains. But we’ve had a very cold spell here during the past 10 days with significant snow on the mountains.
We had hoped to go back to the Swartberg Pass this weekend to take some photographs, but by Saturday morning most of the snow there had melted. I have got these photographs to share with you though, which were sent to me by friends living in Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape.
All photographs by Sarita and Thinus Botha. They were taken on the 25 July 2011 in the Stutterheim – Cathcart area of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Both towns lie inland in mountainous areas and are therefore at higher altitude.
The heaviest snowfalls were in the Hogsback area of the Eastern Cape. I came across these beautiful photographs of the snow in Hogsback – a real winter wonderland. The photographs are copyrighted, so I cannot feature them here, but I urge you to take a look at this Flickr gallery.