Though Africa is the world’s hottest continent, with about 60% of the whole continent made up of drylands and deserts, some parts and mountains on the continent do receive snowfall occasionally. Every year snowdrops on the Atlas Mountains while every few years, light snowdrops on the Table Mountain. Some of Africa’s top skiing resorts are in South Africa.
Where can you find snow in Africa?
Johannesburg is situated on a Highveld plateau, where it gets a climate of a sub-tropical highland. During the nights of winter, the city’s temperature falls below the freezing point leading to frost. In the 20th century, Johannesburg experienced snow in 1956, 1962, 1964, and 1981.
In the 21st century, a decent downfall of snow happened in June 2007 in the city (with the southern suburbs having more than 4 inches of snow).
The Drakensberg is The Great Escarpment’s eastern part surrounding the central Southern African plateau. It is located in South Africa and Lesotho. Its highest altitude is attained at around 6,562 feet and 11,424 feet. This region receives snow regularly and houses South Africa’s only commercial skiing site. There’s an advanced ski-making capability in the Tiffendell Resort, which lets people ski for 3 months yearly.
The flat-topped mountain of 3,558 feet is referred to as Table Mountain is one unique attraction of South Africa overlooking Cape Town. Light snow dusting is received in the Table Mountain at the Front Table and Devil’s Peak after a few years. There was snow on Table Mountain on June 2010, August 2011, August 2013, and September 2013.
The Atlas Mountains stretch through Morrocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, with (Jbel Toubkal) its highest peak having a height of 13,671 feet.
Every year snowdrops on the Atlas from November through to April. Snowfall could persist at the range’s peaks, from September through to June. Three skiing stations can be found in Morocco which includes Oukaimeden which is situated in the west of High Atlas.
Other Mountains in Africa that receive Snow
South-western Cape’s Ceres and Cedarberg receive snow regularly. Snowfall occurs regularly in the Mount Kilimanjaro with snow covering its peak entirely.
Kilimanjaro’s Snowfall can be lined with the two rainy seasons in the region (From March to May as well as from November to December). Since the 2010s, the glacier of the River Ruwenzori has been retreating, as a result of rising temperatures.
Does it Snow in South Africa?
Finding snow in South Africa may be a bit difficult compared to the Northern Hemisphere; however, if you check properly, and you’re willing to travel, then you will find it.
And when it is discovered, the best way to enjoy the moment is spending time in a cozy cabin that has red wine or hot beverages, a stack of games or good books, and delicious stew or roast. Other activities here, are building snowmen or snowpeople as well as engaging in snowball fights. Below are some of the places to find snow in South Africa:
The haven of Clarens which is situated between KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg in the Matoli mountains’ foothills, is called “jewel of the eastern Free State”. This location is perfect for enjoying a chilly weekend, spending time away exploring cafes, shops, the majestic outdoors, and the galleries.
From Clarens, you can drive to Lesotho easily to discover snow present in the mountains; also you can go to Afriski for skiing purposes. The border post of Caledonspoort which is between Lesotho and South Africa is about 42kn away. Also closer to the Clarens is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park which has been known to get some snow during the winter period.
The Hogsback village is located in the Eastern Cape’s Amatola Mountains and it is named for close mountain peaks that look similar to the back of a hog. The surrounding forest and mountains seem to be the initial inspiration of the Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien. Here, you’ll find beautiful walking trails, lush magical forests, and waterfalls to explore.
Underberg creates a great location for playing in the winter snow. Among others, it forms the “Sani Saunter”, which is referred to as southern Drakensberg’s last town, which offers great views of majestic mountains. It also has other outdoor activities as well as countless walking routes. This place is also famous for its fishing sports.
Sutherland is located in the Northern Cape and it is well known for its dark starry and remarkably clear night skies. Due to this, as well as its location which has a 1458m altitude above sea level, houses the SALT (Southern African Large Telescope), which is the southern hemisphere’s largest single optical telescope.
This place has been included among South Africa’s oldest towns.
Does it Snow in Kenya?
Snow in Kenya is not a common sight, because the country, which is situated in East Africa, sits on the equator and features large stretches of desert scrubland. Yet, there’s a spot where snow can be found in Kenya.
Mount Kenya is referred to as Kenya’s tallest mountain, and also claims 2nd spot among the highest mountains in Africa. Only the Mount Kilimanjaro of Tanzania towers higher. The Mount Kenya top is constantly covered up in the snow as a result of the high elevation. Even the people of Meru refer to the mountain as “Kirimara” which means “that having white stuff”, due to its white peaks.
Snow higher than an elevation of 5,000 Feet
Every season, changes in the snow cap occurs; however, only the snow on Mount Kenya is above 5,000 feet. Kenya’s idea of snow is remarkable, that Johannes Rebmann and Ludwig Krapf (who were explorers of the 19th century) were believed to be liars when they came back to Europe to report Mount Kenya’s icy peaks.
Ice Glaciers also found on Mount Kenya
Asides the snow, some ice glaciers were discovered on Mount Kenya. These named glaciers are eleven in number with the majority of them named after different explorers. These names include Gregory, Krapf, Northey, Darwin, Diamond, Lewis, Josef, Cesar, Tyndall, Heim, and Forel. The Lewis glacier is the largest. As a result of global warming as well as the changing patterns of weather, all the glaciers on Mount Kenya is shrinking very rapidly.
Most hiking trails do not go very high on the mountain that travelers have become worried about the snow. For those thinking of ascending the peaks, there will be a need for complete mountaineering gear. The only point that will not require this is Point Lenana because it can be reached via regular hiking.
Does it snow in Morocco?
Northern Africa was also affected by the weather system that led to harsh winter conditions for many areas of Europe in 2012. There were mixed reports in Africa, with farmers in Tunisia and Algeria happy for the precipitation that eased their drought, while Morocco was worried about the frost.
Snow experiences in Morocco are usual. The Atlas Mountain has two ski resorts, one close to Marrakech, while the other is close to lfrane. These areas experience snowfall regularly every January and February. Compared to the February 2011 conditions, the snow cover in 2012 doesn’t seem unusual. However, the cold temperatures experienced in February 2012, are threatening the sugar cane crops and sugar beet of Morocco.
In February 2012, different parts of southern Europe and Africa experienced and Africa experienced unusual harsh winter conditions. As reported by Reuters, in living memory, the heaviest snowfall was received by Algiers. Meanwhile, snow-covered almost all of Italy causing iced roads that are below the freezing temperatures closed schools, as well as nervous shoppers emptying the shelves of their supermarket.
The Atlas Mountain’s snow cover serves more than the ski industry of Morocco. This snow offers an important water reservoir for the agriculture-based economy of the country. Monitoring the snowdrop here is becoming an ongoing interest due to the uneven precipitation as well as the high rates of evaporation.
Does it snow in Ethiopia?
Normally, it is not possible to see snow in ski Ethiopia, neither will you find any ski areas or lifts. The highest point of the country is 14,928ft (4,550m) high, which is Ras Dashen found in the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia’s northern end. This towers above its surrounding landscape close to 13,123 feet (4,000m), which makes it one of the world’s 25 highest mountains concerning their rise above their surrounding lands.
What is lacking in Ras Dashen is much snow, although in some rare cases, snow could gather on the upper slopes. With photographs of snow appearing on the mountain, it could mean that visiting on the right day, ski Ethiopia is possible.
The mountain is even the eastern part of a volcano, with its northern half being cuts about 1000m deep by stream draining into the River of Takkazzi.
Mount Biuat is found on the western part of the supervolcano (which is as high as about 4,510 meters) with both separated by the Meshaha river valley.
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