Giraffes, elephants and lions wander through the SNOW after blizzards hit Africa
- South Africa has just begun its spring season but is experiencing a late cold snap
- Snow fell in four states over the weekend, turning usually arid landscapes white
- Giraffes, elephants, lions and wildebeest were seen amidst the freezing scenes
- Skies have now cleared but temperatures will remain around freezing this week
Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
Lions, elephants and wildebeest have been pictured wandering through snowy scenes after South Africa experienced an unexpected cold snap.
The exotic animals, which are usually found stalking the arid savanna, were instead spotted walking in a winter wonderland this weekend.
South Africa has just moved from winter into spring, but temperatures have plunged over the last week before snow arrived on Friday.
South Africa has just moved from winter into spring but an unexpected cold snap at the weekend saw heavy snowfall in usually dry parts of the country
A pair of lions, usually well-disguised amid dry grass with their yellow fur, stood out like sore thumbs against the white backdrop
Kitty Viljoen, who lives in Eastern Cape which bore the brunt of the snow, captured images of giraffes making their way through the wintry landscape
A giraffe stands amid the snow at the Aquila Game Reserve, which is located around 100 miles inland from Cape Town
Four states received a coating of flakes at the weekend, with the Eastern Cape bearing the brunt of it.
The Lootsberg Pass, which runs between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet, was closed on Saturday to stop trucks getting stranded.
Distruptive snow also feel on the Swartberg mountains in the Western Cape, the Sneeuberg – or ‘snow mountain’ – and the Winterberg and the Tsitsikamma mountains of the Eastern Cape, News24 reported.
Many South Africans made the most of the wintry conditions by taking pictures of the local wildlife.
Elephants were also pictured amid the snowy scenes after flakes began on Friday and lasted until Sunday, with more than 25cm falling in some areas
There is no more snow forecast for the week in South Africa but temperatures are expected to remain at or below freezing as spring gets off to a slow start
Wildebeest pick their way across an unusually snowy landscape in South Africa
Kitty Viljoen captured elephants enjoying the snow in the Sneeuberg while also photographing giraffes in the Karoo, a typically arid region.
Antelope on the Glen Harry Game reserve, near the Lootsberg Pass, were also photographed battling through the weather.
While snow was heavy over the weekend and flood warnings were issued for some areas, dry weather has now returned.
However, temperatures will remain at or below freezing for much of the country this week as spring gets off to a slow start.
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