Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West has received its first snow for the year. The first snowfall came overnight on 1 June, and again a week later on 8 June – in the area of the Park known as Puttervslei, on the Nuweveld Mountains.
Park Manager, Nico van der Walt, says it was not as heavy as last year’s snow, though. “Last year we had snow twice – once in July and again in September. That snowfall was much heavier, and came down as low as the area known as the middle plateau.”
Snow used to occur in the town of Beaufort West regularly years ago. However, after a long absence, the locals got some on their doorsteps for the first time last year since 1984.