While North Africans are sweltering in the mid-summer sun, many South Africans woke up to snow yesterday. Johannesburg got a rare sprinkling of white stuff, and from all accounts it was very much enjoyed. The Eastern Cape province (in this picture) gets a good dusting of snow every winter, but Jozi residents don't get to see "white rain" too often.
The question "Does it snow in Africa?" crops up from time to time. The answer is of course "yes" but not a lot and generally at higher altitudes. Lesotho gets a fair amount of snow every winter (June - August), enough to play host to a couple of ski slopes. The regular snow fall is because Lesotho is very mountainous, in fact it has the highest low point of any country in the world.
If you are planning to go on safari in South Africa during the winter months (June - August) be prepared for some chilly mornings and evenings. Frost is common and safari jackets won't keep you warm enough. The misconception that Africa is always hot cannot be further from the truth.