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Just Ask Us! Does it ever snow on the Reserve?

Josphat responds

No, not really. But in some areas, we receive frost, and quite a bit of it. The reserve is in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, an area located more to the northern side of South Africa where it is drier in general throughout the year. South Africa lies between 23°S and 35°S, so quite far from the equator in general. South Africa’s northern most regions receive more sunshine for most of the year, with milder winters. Some areas get cold enough to receive snow, but with little moisture, they just remain very cold and hence we receive frost. 

The river valleys in winter receive more frost than the rest of the Reserve. These beautiful ice crystals forming on dead logs providing a reminder that Summer is something to look forward to.

Images: Neil Davison

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