Kitty Viljoen has photographed an incredible sight, African wildlife walking amongst a snow-covered landscape. People can’t get enough of the rare sight.


Kitty Viljoen has gone viral for her incredible images captured at the Asantasana Game Farm outside Graaff Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Yes, you read that correctly these frosty images were taken in South Africa.

A cold spell hit the country and covered many areas in thick layers of snow. Roads in the Eastern Cape were even closed due to the heavy snowfall.

People have been in awe of the pictures being shared online, the rare sight has sent chills of wonder down everyone’s spines! Many didn’t quite believe what they were seeing and had to do some research about where in South Africa these images were taken and if it was even possible to get snow like this.

Claire Grant said, “Wow – that’s amazing. I never realised it snowed in Africa but, when you look at the world atlas, it’s obvious that it could snow in South Africa. Thanks for sharing & making me take a geography lesson!!!”

Many felt sorry for the animals, saying they were not equiped to deal with temperatures this low. However, this is untrue. While these animals may not be used to snow, temperatures in the Kalahri often drop below freezing at night time.

Lorriaan Krüger confirmed “That time when people forget that they track sometimes in desert biomes where it does get below freezing point at night”

Allison Jansen van Vuuren also shared that, “The animals are adapted to extreme temperatures. We spend a lot of time in the Kalahari..temperatures range between minus 11 on winter nights to 50 degrees C in summer.”

Kitty isn’t the only person to have seen our wildlife surrounded by snow. Snow Report SA shared a video of giraffe surrounded by snowcapped mountains.

Sources: Facebook
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