SNOW IN AFRICA: Giraffes, elephants and antelopes covered in blanket of white

We woke up to the snow, and it was a real treat to see the animals in these conditions.

Kitty Viljoen, game reserve manager

The safari animals – usually pictured in searing temperatures – were snapped braving the frost after thick flurries fell across a game reserve in the Sneeuberg Mountains on South Africa‘s Eastern Cape on Saturday, September 8.

Kitty Viljoen, who took the surprising images, said while dustings of the white stuff are not uncommon in Sneeuberg – which translates as snow mountain – the last heavy fall of this nature was in 2010.

The 54-year-old game reserve manager said in comments to the media: “We woke up to the snow, and it was a real treat to see the animals in these conditions.

“I am more used to seeing our elephants swim.

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Snow has fallen in Sneeuberg on the Western Cape of South Africa (Image: Kitty Viljoen/Caters News)

Elephants braving the elements in South Africa (Image: Kitty Viljoen/Caters News)

An antelope peering out from the snowy surroundings (Image: Kitty Viljoen/Caters News)

“The animals know the snow is coming and move to warm areas so we do see a behaviour change.

“They try to find warm pockets and stay out of the wind, with smaller animals hiding under shrubs and down holes.

“I was lucky to spot the elephant and giraffe, as they were near the road.”