“Does it snow in Africa?” is a common question regarding the perceived climate of the continent and the tall tales associating it mostly if not completely with jungle and desert.

The short answer to the question is “yes”. It does snow in Africa. Africa is a large continent with varied climates and landscapes, and it does see its occasional snow, especially around its mountainous regions.

Out of the 54 countries in the continent, the ones that have a tendency for snow are Morocco, South Africa and Lesotho where there are, yes, there are ski resorts. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) caught some rare snow footage of snow in Johannesburg itself in 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19163119.

In addition, the highest mountains in the continent witness cold and sometimes snow. The inhabitants of the regions near Mount Cameroon can also witness snow brushes near the volcano’s peak. Southern Ice fields can be seen on Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.