Snow in South Africa?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it… snow?

Southern Africa may not be the first place that comes to mind when you hear about snow…but that’s why the hunt is so fun! If you’re looking for a truly different African experience, why not come join the Cape crowds in some snow hunting antics?

One things for certain, snow in the Cape knows how to draw crowds. Rare as it is in this corner of Africa, it’s the unpredictability of the hunt that adds to the fun. South Africa’s rare snowfalls seem to occur anticlockwise, moving from the west to the east throughout the chilly winter season. The Western Cape is often the first to experience snow, with July and August being peak months…although one chilly snap can mean September and even October join in too. It’s even snowed on New Year’s Day before!

Of course, freezing point usually occurs in the mountains, but depending on the cold can even venture down into the valleys too. Table Mountain itself, the Cape’s iconic landmark, often experiences winter snowfall, as does Matroos peak

[nestled in the spectacularly beautiful Ceres area]. The Cederberg area often offers a unique chance to hike it’s perfect mountain trails through the light and powdery snow the area attracts, while Franschhoek pass brings a magical dusting of snow to the beauty of the winelands at least once a year.

Of course, this being Africa you may not strike it lucky in the ‘hunt’…but you will still be experiencing some of Africa’s most exquisite destinations from a unique, off-peak season. Warm up with some of the winelands best offerings, or kit up in your warm gear and experience the breathtaking natural surroundings from some of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails. Snow or not, you won’t be sorry you came!

Pembury Tours and Travel offers a unique Cape Town experience to travellers whatever the weather, so be sure to let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime today.

Image: Daniel Sheard via No Danger Diaries, Facebook