Yes, it does snow in South Africa, but you really need to search for it.
The Drakensberg – meaning ‘Dragon Mountain’ – is the biggest mountain range in South Africa. It is also home to the Tugela Falls, the world’s second-highest waterfall. It snows in the winter season on many of the highest peaks and July is smack bang in the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere…
The choice of places to stay in the Drakensberg area is staggering. Surrounded by three dams, the charming town of Winterton is central to most places of interest. Select from guesthouses, country hotels, resorts, and self-catering cabins.
Your options of where to eat are astounding. Try the scrumptious cherry tomato tarts at The Phatt Chef, or authentic Portuguese cuisine at The Black Scabbard Bistro. The many cosy pubs – most with log fires – in the area will keep you busy for hours.
The highlight, however, has to be the fondue at Winterton Country Lodge. Tender chunks of meat, accompanied by a mind blogging array of dips and sauces. Finish off with a chocolate fondue. Yummy!
What can you see and do…
Depending on your mood, there are hiking trails, arts and crafts, nature reserves, and of course the breath-taking views of the majestic mountain. If you are planning your wedding or a conference, the venues are picturesque and the catering world-class.
Stop and buy delicious homemade jams, red onion marmalades, cheeses, pies, pastries, waffles, and honey at the many farm stalls and gourmet delis en route.
Check out Thokozisa for leather goods and curios to satisfy your wild streak. Also try Avanti Gifts & Coffee Bar for the best coffee and delicious cakes. The local arts and Zulu crafts are worth collecting, depicting some of the animals in the area such as buck, porcupines, and the many species of birds.
For the adventurer in you, try river/white water rafting, ‘kloofing’ (abseiling), archery, and mountain bike guided tours. Or just chill out at the many health resorts, saunas and spas in the vicinity.
If you’re wondering whether it snowed on the mountain peaks this July? No. It didn’t.
However, according to the locals, ‘there is snow on the southern side of the Drakensberg’.
Cool. Now, all you need to do is get past that Dragon’s Back…