Brace yourselves, winter is coming… and, although South Africa has a fairly warm climate, the winters can get pretty chilly!

Known for its spectacular wilderness areas and mountainous landscapes, South Africa is a country that can be enjoyed throughout the year. During the summer months, head down to the pristine, endless beaches and soak up the sunshine and great food.

In winter, head for the mountains! There’s nothing more relaxing than sipping hot chocolate or glühwein at a roaring fire while admiring snow-covered mountains and farmlands through a frosty window.

Snow in South Africa can’t be guaranteed, but there are certain parts of the country where the likelihood of thick snowfalls is pretty high – particularly during mid-winter.

We’ve put together a list of the places where you’re most likely to be able to build a snowman in South Africa this winter:

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1.      Matroosberg

The Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve is situated on the farm Erfdeel, which is a fully working farm just outside Ceres in the Western Cape.  Bring your own snowboard during the winter months and enjoy the stunning ski slopes of Matroosberg. Members of the South Africa Ski-Club can use the ski lift.

Stay in the 100-year-old goatherd’s house which includes some modern-day comforts including a hot water shower and flush toilet, but no electricity. This house can sleep six people, is fully equipped, with bedding, towels and crockery.


2.      Cederberg

Just two hours from Cape Town, the Cederberg region still maintains its natural beauty and charm. Part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa, it is one of the few places in the country where rooibos tea is cultivated. The mountain range is named after the endangered Clanwilliam cedar which is endemic to the area.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is located in the peaceful Southern Cederberg Mountains.

The signature accommodation options offer unique ‘cave’ suites, beautifully integrated with the sandstone rock formations, or spacious ‘hut’ suites, resembling the traditional dwellings inhabited by the clans of the area many years ago.

Click page 2 below to find snow in KZN and the Northern Cape…