13 Sep Incredible pictures show elephants and giraffes caught in rare South Africa snow storm
No, these incredible photos don’t show Lapland caught in the grip of a snowstorm in December.
Instead a whole host of exotic animals more used to coping with searing heat have been pictured trudging through the snow in Africa.
Giraffes, elephants and antelopes have been snapped braving the frost after freak blizzards hit South African savannahs at the weekend.
Snow has fallen in Sneeuberg on the Western Cape of South Africa
Photographer Kitty Viljoen captured the rare sight of safari animals in the snow after thick flurries fell across a game reserve in the Sneeuberg mountains.
Fittingly, Sneeuberg translates to snow mountain, and while dustings of the white stuff are not uncommon there, the last heavy snowfall was in 2010.
Gamer manager Kitty, 54, said: ‘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.’
A giraffe’s head pictured above the snow-capped trees (Picture: Kitty Viljoen/Caters News)
South Africa’s Eastern Cape has been hit by snowfall recently (Picture: 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.’