Each year differs, but generally speaking, the best time to see snow is late June to late July.
Day tripping to the snow-capped peaks is a good excuse to round up the troops, especially during the school holidays. And, the best way to plan your snow expedition is to keep your ear to the ground with the weather bulletins because nature never guarantees.
The four most prevalent regions in the Western Cape for snow spotting are Ceres, Cederberg, Tulbagh and Robertson & Worcester.
The picturesque fruit-growing town of Ceres is home to the second highest peak in the province and of course home to the South African Ski Club. The reserve here lends itself to skiing, snowboarding, snowman building and snowball fights, however, you will need a 4×4 to get around.
Next, the otherwise hot and dry Cederberg region transforms during winter into a contrast of snow-capped mountains and bright blue skies. While heavy snowfalls are rare in this region, every year they see some snow, even if just a sprinkle on the Sneeuberg, the region’s highest peak.
Thirdly, Tulbagh is charming too. Known for its Cape Dutch homesteads, farm stays, scenic mountains and believe or not beautiful baboons, this is a great place to take a drive to see some snow. And it’s only just over an hour away from Cape Town.
Lastly, the wine growing regions of Robertson and Worcester is known for its snow-capped mountain views in the winter months, and there is also plenty to do here – trout fishing in the lakes, historical winter walks through the town and of course, wine tasting.
If you want to make a weekend of it the most luxurious farms stays in the surrounding regions are;
Guinevere Farm in Tulbagh, where granted the snow doesn’t always fall on the farm, but it renders a super springboard for overnight stays within a reasonable driving distance. Not to mention the arresting views.
Tulbagh | www.guinevereguestfarm.com
Mont Rouge, also based in Tulbagh, is a scenic farm central to snowfall in the region and is often surrounded by snow-crowned peaks in winter.
Tulbagh | www.montrouge.co.za
De Wilge, situated in the picturesque Nuy Valley overlooking the majestic Langeberg Mountains, used to be an old wine cellar dating back to the turn of the 19th century and has recently been renovated into two luxuriously furnished apartments.
Robertson | www.dewilge.co.za
Klondyke Cherry Farm is a pretty cherry farm in an unspoiled mountainous region 34km from Ceres with self-catering accommodation and camping facilities.
Ceres | www.cherryfarm.co.za
Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve, a two-hour drive from Cape Town, is home to the majestic Matroosberg Peak – the highest in the Boland region. During the winter months, the chances of touching snow here are good, and it tends to remain snow-clad for some time after it falls.
Ceres | www.matroosberg.com
De Pakhuys needs no intro if you’re a hiker or rock climber. Nestled in the picturesque Agter-Pakhuis Valley, 26km from Clanwilliam on route to the historic Wupperthal village, you will find de Pakhuys Farm and the option of glamping or camping!
Clanwilliam | www.depakhuys.com
Goatherds House is a hundred-year-old restored farm house situated at the foot of the Matroosberg Mountain with cosy comforts fit for a winter snow break.
Matroosberg | www.matroosberg.com/site/accommodation/goatherds-house.html
Fairfield Cottages is a mountain retreat amid the Ceres orchards set at the foot of the Skurweberg Mountains, just 6km from the town of Ceres.
Ceres | www.fairfieldcottages.co.za
Seven Oaks Vineyard Cottages cosy, self-catering cottages are located on a 63-hectare working wine farm in the Breede River Valley surrounded by magnificent mountain views.
Worcester | www.sevenoaksvineyardcottages.co.za