Here in South Africa we really do have the best of both worlds - vibrant, hot summers and even snowy winters in some parts of our beautiful country. Most ordinary South Africans have not experienced the true wonder of a white winter. We'd like to change that.
We have put together a list of some of the best places to experience snow this winter:
Eagle's Rock Mountain Retreat - Drakensberg
This magical retreat is set in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains overlooking the Umzimkulu River and lush farmlands of this area. Here visitors will experience the chilly snow and enjoy warm and wonderful hospitality.
When you think of snow, you think of the Matroosberg. This winter wonderland is situated on the Erfdeel Farm near to Ceres. Here guests can experience a great, snowy adventure, while the reserve offers a wonderful range of accommodation options to choose from.
Sani Valley Nature Lodge - Sani Pass
This unique hideaway is a lovely combination of luxury and nature with plenty of activities to choose from. Situated within the Drakensberg Mountain range, this is the closest luxury lodge to the famous Sani Pass - which is the mother of all South African mountain passes. In winter it becomes a snow filled haven and boasts the most amazing views.
Cathedral Peak Hotel - Cathedral Peak
Surrounded by breath-taking scenery, rock-art and amazing bird-life this establishment is a real nature lovers paradise. Here guests can look forward to exceptional service, great value for money and an unforgettable Drakensberg experience.
In winter this welcoming establishment boasts amazing views of the magnificent snow-capped Drakensberg Mountains. There is a lot to see and do here - some of the more adventurous visitors to the area can try their hand at ice-climbing.
Golden Gate Hotel - Golden Gate National Park
Golden Gate winters boast snow-peaked mountain tops, blue dusky skies and cosy accommodation. Guests can look forward to a comfortable and relaxing stay.
This country hotel is situated in the heart of the peaceful Hogsback village. Kings Lodge provides a rejuvenating and relaxing escape and is a wonderful place to enjoy the magical winter snow.
Maliba Mountain Lodge - Lesotho
Located in the Tsehlanyane National Park, this 5-star retreat is situated in the heart of the breath-taking Lesotho Mountains and is surrounded by rugged wilderness. Various snow activities including skiing can be arranged through the lodge.
Kambro Kind B&B and Middlefontein Farm - Sutherland
If you enjoy warm-hearted Karoo hospitality and old country style charm, then Sutherland is just the place for you. This area is said to be home to the coldest winters in the country and is regularly covered in thick snow, which completely transforms the harsh Karoo landscape into a serene winter wonderland.
Country Road Guesthouse - Graaff-Reinet
This Cape Dutch style farmhouse is surrounded by beautiful farmlands. Graaff-Reinet is the forth oldest town in South Africa and is filled with around 200 historical buildings, restored pre-Victorian homes and a wonderful collection of museums. The best time to visit this area is in winter as the town is covered with icy snow - which is an amazing attraction on its own.
The mid-year school holidays will soon be upon us - make the most of this time with your kids by booking a fun winter holiday now. Alternatively if you are looking to treat your partner to a weekend away then these options are perfect for a romantic getaway too.
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