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Talia Avakian
September 12, 2018

A cold front over the weekend brought snow to several parts of South Africa, creating a magnificent scene of what it looks like when the country’s wildlife roams over white-powdered terrain.

Though animals like giraffes, elephants, and antelope are typically photographed in more arid desert climates, the snow that hit South Africa this weekend created an opportunity to see the species roaming through icy terrain.

Pictures circulating on social media show just what the scene looked like as a herd of elephants could be seen in the midst of a snow-blanketed trail in Sneeuberg, a mountain range whose name translates appropriately to “snow mountain.”

Kitty Viljoen, who captured the image, also shared a video of the herd playing in the snow.

Photos also included giraffes captured in the snow in South Africa’s Karoo region and antelope roaming in the snow in areas like the Glen Harry Game Reserve, located in the town of Graaff-Reinet on South Africa's Eastern Cape.

Posted by Snow Report SA on Sunday, September 9, 2018

The cold snap came as the country was welcoming the onset of spring, with temperatures dropping on Friday.

Forecasts from Snow Report South Africa showed expected snowfall across the Northern, Western, and Eastern Cape and in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, with some areas experiencing more than nine inches of snowfall.

The snowfall led to closures along areas of the Lootsberg Pass, between Middleburg and Graaf-Reinet, and the Wapadsberg Pass, between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet. Drone footage captured what the snowy scene in KwaZulu-Natal looked like.

Footage shared by the Swartberg Game Breeders, whose lodge is located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range, shows giraffes with white peaks still visible in the background as snow began to clear after the weekend.

Giraffes in the snow at Swartberg

Craig Geldenhuys from Swartberg Game Breeders near Oudtshoorn sent us this amazing video with giraffes in front of the Swartberg mountain range

Posted by Snow Report SA on Sunday, September 9, 2018

Snow Report South Africa reported that the snow had stopped falling across the country by Sep. 9, with remaining snow in the peaks and in areas like the Sani Pass starting to melt away. 

While snow in South Africa might seem like a rare occurrence, a history of the country's snowfall since 1852 shows that the weather is not uncommon to the area and can even hit as late as September. 

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