Snow grips South Africa as users build snowmen on Instagram


Thanks to the latest cold front system that’s taking its sweet time passing over South Africa, much of the country’s interior is blanketed in a thick layer of snow. It’s not unprecedented, it’s just unexpected, especially since the country is in the throws of one of its worst droughts in recent memory.

So, being the upvote lovers that humans are, many adventure seekers have taken to the Eastern Cape highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Free State to craft snowmen, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels.

For all those shenanigans and more, have a look at the light covering of snow that graced Instagram, and South Africa, this past week.

The Eastern Cape interior enjoyed its fair share of fluffy white stuff.

Situation back home…#Qumbu #EasternCape It’s beautiful!!!!!

A photo posted by Zizo Songelwa (@zeezor_s) on

Maclear was one of the most affected smaller towns. The snow sure is gorgeous though.

#EasternCape chills

A photo posted by Meg Jane (@megan.walwyn) on


A photo posted by Kimberley Pet (@thekimcam) on

It’s true. This is SA

A photo posted by Mugikuyu Jnr (@jnrmugikuyu) on

The tiny town of Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was also blanketed in a thick layer of snow. According to some of these images, the snow’s still there.

Nottingham Road this morning… #snow #natalmidlands #nottinghamroad #kzn #southafrica #aloes

A photo posted by Charelle Cassie McAllister (@makeupbycharelle) on

Snow for South Africans #snow #sunday #igers #igerssa

A photo posted by Safee-Naaz Siddiqi (@fluffysafee) on

#snow #kznmidlands

A photo posted by Jenni Roberts (@jennimcgee) on

The aptly named Underberg in KZN also experienced snow this week — and quite a lot of it.

It’s snowing #underberg

A photo posted by Katherine Wood (@kiki_ann_wood) on

Home for the week #remoteworking #underberg #southafrica

A photo posted by Gary Murray (@gary_murray) on

Perhaps not covering in snow at the ground level, the Western Cape also received some sprinkles. The Karoo’s Swartberge — the tallest peak system in the province — was also blanketed in snow.

What a sight. Proudly South African #swartberg #southafricaza #snow #snowreport #kleinkaroo #nature #travel #meetsouthafrica #mountains

A photo posted by Promised Land Irie Adventures ( on

#love😍 #snow #swartberg #roadtrip

A photo posted by Tazha♡ (@ttazha) on

The Matroosberg, overlooking De Doorns near Worcester, also received a gentle dusting.

If you have any snow pictures you’d love us to feature, be sure to let us know over on Instagram. Tag us using our handle @BurnMedia, and we may just post your picture up on this here article.

Feature image: stock

Andy Walker, former editor


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