5 African nations that defy heat to get snow

A man walks past cars covered with snow after heavy snowfall in Moscow, Russia December 15, 2023. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Africa is synonymous with scorching deserts and sweltering savannas and may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of snow.

Contrary to this reputation, Africa boasts a surprising secret, several nations are experiencing a magical winter, where snowflakes gently fall despite the heat.

This phenomenon is made possible by the continent's incredible geographical diversity, which creates pockets of elevated landscapes that defy the tropical climate.

Below are 5 countries in Africa that experience snowfall:


Lesotho, a small landlocked country is often referred to as the "kingdom in the sky." Its elevated terrain, with an average altitude of 1,800 meters (5,900 feet), makes it the perfect candidate for snowfall. The Maluti Mountains, which cover a significant portion of the country, receive occasional snowfall during the winter months (June to September).


Morocco is known for its vibrant cities and arid desert landscapes but surprisingly, it gets snow! The Atlas Mountains, which stretch across the country, create a dramatic backdrop for winter sports enthusiasts. The Oukaimeden ski resort near Marrakech is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. The snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains offer breathtaking views, making Morocco a must-visit for winter enthusiasts.

South Africa

This country renowned for its diverse climate and geography, experiences snowfall in certain regions. The Drakensberg Mountains, which form the border between South Africa and Lesotho, receive occasional snowfall during the winter months. The town of Sutherland, located in the Western Cape province, is known for its snowy landscapes and is often referred to as the "coldest town in South Africa."


The largest country in Africa, Algeria is primarily known for its arid desert landscape. However, the northern regions of the country, particularly the Tell Atlas Mountains, receive irregular snowfall. The ski resort of Chréa, located near the capital city of Algiers, offers a rare winter treat for locals and tourists alike.


Ethiopia, a country rich in history and culture also gets snow. The Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to some of the most spectacular snow-capped peaks in Africa. The park's highest point, Ras Dejen, reaches an altitude of 4,533 meters (14,872 feet), making it the perfect spot for snowfall.

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