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Incredible photos of November snowfall in the Drakensberg

Heavy snowfall in Lesotho

© Armelle Halse / Semonkong Lodge

November is usually a time of the year in South Africa and Lesotho where temperatures start warming up in preparation for the warm festive season of summer. However, every now and then the weather can throw a surprise curve ball, and one such example happened recently where heavy snowfall was reported falling in the Drakensberg, Swartberg, Underberg, Lesotho and even as far as the Eastern Cape.

We received some stunning photos from the frozen folks at Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho of the heavy snowfall they had earlier this week.

Heavy snowfall in Lesotho

© Armelle Halse/ Semonkong Lodge

Armelle Halse from the lodge said of the snowfall photos: “Beautiful snowfall overnight with nearly 20cm on the ground. Certainly a surprise for our summer guests but an exciting experience to have in November.”

Heavy snowfall in Lesotho, car and houses covered in snow

© Armelle Halse / Semonkong Lodge

Snowfall in South Africa and Lesotho usually occurs during the colder, winter months of June, July and August, however, a cut off low-pressure system can bring snowfall irrespective of the time of the year.

Heavy snowfall in Lesotho

© Armelle Halse / Semonkong Lodge

Some of the best places to experience snow  is in the Drakensberg, Lesotho, and high-altitude areas such as Ceres in the Western Cape.

Heavy snowfall in Lesotho, car covered in snow

© Armelle Halse / Semonkong Lodge

Tiffindell Ski Resort in the southern Drakensberg is ideal for avid skiers and snow lovers, and offers ski experiences throughout the year as snow is produced by the lodge when mother nature can’t provide.

Heavy snowfall in Lesotho, frozen river

© Armelle Halse / Semonkong Lodge

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  • Philippa Elaine Castle

    Yes, we felt the cold down here in the South Western Cape… 🙂

  • Michael Gamache

    You can drive to Semonkong now? Wow. In 1981, we had to fly in, then hike across the river. I guess we could have taken a 12 hour land rover ride but the short flight was so much smoother.

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