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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Places to visit to see snow in SA this winter

Although some of us are waiting for the hot summer days, others are enjoying the crispy winter days. Picture: Lorri Lang from Pixabay

Although some of us are waiting for the hot summer days, others are enjoying the crispy winter days. Picture: Lorri Lang from Pixabay

Published Jul 20, 2022

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Although some of us are waiting for the hot summer days, others are enjoying the crispy winter days.

South Africa’s winter is usually between June and August and, let’s face it, it has been a chilly winter so far.

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According to a statement in ‘Does it snow in’, it snows in various regions of South Africa including Pretoria, the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.

Underberg

Snowfalls in the Underberg can occur anywhere from May through to October. The highest recorded snowfall in the area and, therefore, possibly the best time to go in search of snow is August.

Situated a mere 40km from Underberg, the Sani Pass is a great snow spot to explore, with the first winter snowfall having fallen there in late May this year. Be advised, though, that you need a 4x4 vehicle to drive up the pass.

Golden Gate

The winter months in Golden Gate are very cold and temperatures can plummet to between -9 and -15°C. Snow is no stranger to this area.

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Midlands

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Picture: Supplied

Winter in the Natal Midlands is cool and dry, with occasional snow and frost and average temperatures of 6°C. August 2021 saw the KZN Midlands transformed into a white-blanketed wonderland along with other large parts of South Africa previously untouched by it. In addition, there is the Midlands Saddle and Trout resort, which also gets its fair share of snow when conditions allow.

Matroosberg Mountain

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The Matroosberg is a two-hour drive from Cape Town, and is one the most popular routes in the Western Cape. This is a must-visit if you want to see snow. It is also the second highest peak in the province.

Guests who are into ice climbing are given the opportunity to do so. Snowboarding is also on the cards, if you have your own snowboard at hand, and there are amazing slopes to take advantage of.

Sutherland

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Picture: Dewald van Rensburg from Pixabay

Of course, you can expect snow in the coldest place in South Africa. Sutherland is a small town located in the Northern Cape. Sutherland’s main attraction, however, is the night sky, with the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt) of the South African Astronomical Observatory located on an elevated plateau 14km out of town.

So gear up, with your favourite winter outfits and go and experience life on snow. Make sure to make those snow angels with your kids and throw a snowball or two.

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