Lesotho and Drakensberg welcome snow, more to come

Posted by Anita Froneman on 1 June 2021

Several parts of Lesotho and the Drakensberg mountain range have seen snowfall on Monday, May 31 and forecasts show there is more expected.

According to the Severe Weather and Information Centre SA, forecaster Edward Engelbrecht said snow is expected “on the highest mountain tops” in Lesotho and on the peaks of the Drakensberg mountains until Thursday.

The South African Weather Service has also released a Yellow Level 2 warning for disruptive rain leading to localised flooding of susceptible settlements and bad driving conditions for the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal in the coming days. 

Parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho are known to receive snow every winter, making for beautiful scenery. Did you know that the Maloti-Drakenberg is a transfrontier conservation area? These areas, also known as Peace Parks, are ecologically protected areas that are not contained within the borders of one country and might span several countries.

Straddling the border between Lesotho and South Africa and home to the world’s greatest outdoor gallery of 40 000 rock paintings, this cross-border protected area preserves the globally important biodiversity and cultural value of the entire region.

Read more: What is a Peace Park? 10 Transfrontier Conservation Areas to celebrate

Approximately 2cm of snow fell on the night of May 31 at Semonkong Lodge, Lesotho, leaving the area covered in a magic wintery white. 





Travelling to Lesotho

Leisure travel to Lesotho is not allowed under current restrictions, and only visitors with permission for delivering essential goods and services or other business people, and those falling within a few other categories, will be allowed to enter.  Everyone entering or leaving Lesotho must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of travel.

Lucky for us, there are other areas in South Africa that receive snow too. Have a look at some of the places you’re most likely to encounter snow within our borders.


Top 5 places to see snow this winter

Pictures: Love Africa Marketing

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