Giraffes, elephants and lions seen walking in the snow in South Africa

South Africa has just moved from winter to spring, but an unexpected cold snap on the weekend saw heavy snowfalls in the generally dry parts of the country

Lions, elephants and wildebeest have been photographed wandering through snowy scenes after South Africa experienced an unexpected cold snap.

Exotic animals, which are usually found lurking in the arid savanna, were seen walking in a winter paradise this weekend.

South Africa has just moved from winter to spring, but temperatures have plummeted during the last week before the snow came on Friday.

South Africa has just moved from winter to spring, but an unexpected cold snap on the weekend saw heavy snowfalls in the generally dry parts of the country

South Africa has just moved from winter to spring, but an unexpected cold snap on the weekend saw heavy snowfalls in the generally dry parts of the country

A pair of lions, usually well disguised among the dry grass with their yellow fur, stood out like sore thumbs against the white background

A pair of lions, usually well disguised among the dry grass with their yellow fur, stood out like sore thumbs against the white background

A pair of lions, usually well disguised among the dry grass with their yellow fur, stood out like sore thumbs against the white background

Kitty Viljoen, who lives in the Eastern Cape, who suffered the worst part of the snow, captured images of giraffes that made their way through the winter landscape.

Kitty Viljoen, who lives in the Eastern Cape, who suffered the worst part of the snow, captured images of giraffes that made their way through the winter landscape.

Kitty Viljoen, who lives in the Eastern Cape, who suffered the worst part of the snow, captured images of giraffes that made their way through the winter landscape.

A giraffe stands in the midst of snow in the Aquila Game Reserve, which is 160 kilometers inland from Cape Town

A giraffe stands in the midst of snow in the Aquila Game Reserve, which is 160 kilometers inland from Cape Town

A giraffe stands in the midst of snow in the Aquila Game Reserve, which is 160 kilometers inland from Cape Town

Four states received a layer of flakes over the weekend, while the Eastern Cape suffered the most.

The Lootsberg Pass, which runs between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet, closed on Saturday to prevent the trucks from drifting.

Uncontrolled snow is also felt in the Swartberg mountains in the Western Cape, Sneeuberg – or "snow mountain" – and the Winterberg and Tsitsikamma mountains of Eastern Cape, News24 reported.

Many South Africans made the most of winter conditions by taking pictures of local wildlife.

The elephants were also photographed in the middle of the snowy scenes after the flakes began on Friday and lasted until Sunday, with more than 25 cm falling in some areas

The elephants were also photographed in the middle of the snowy scenes after the flakes began on Friday and lasted until Sunday, with more than 25 cm falling in some areas

The elephants were also photographed in the middle of the snowy scenes after the flakes began on Friday and lasted until Sunday, with more than 25 cm 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 the freezing point as spring begins slowly

There is no more snow forecast for the week in South Africa, but temperatures are expected to remain at or below the freezing point as spring begins slowly

There is no more snow forecast for the week in South Africa, but temperatures are expected to remain at or below the freezing point as spring begins slowly

Wildebeest makes its way through an unusually snowy landscape in South Africa

Wildebeest makes its way through an unusually snowy landscape in South Africa

Wildebeest makes its way through an unusually snowy landscape in South Africa

Kitty Viljoen captured elephants enjoying the snow in the Sneeuberg while photographing giraffes in the Karoo, a typically arid region.

The antelope in the Glen Harry Game Reserve, near the Lootsberg Pass, was also photographed fighting the weather.

While the snow was heavy over the weekend and flood warnings were issued for some areas, now the dry weather has returned.

However, temperatures will remain at or below the freezing point in much of the country this week, as spring begins slowly.

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