04 August 2011 by Roy Barford

Skiing in Africa: Visit AfriSki quickly

Image courtesy Bronwyn Mccarthy - ski instructor at the AfriSki resort

Africa is not generally associated with Skiing and snowboarding, but these activities are indeed possible for those visiting South Africa this time of year. AfriSki in Lesotho (5 hours drive from Johannesburg) hosted the SA National Snowboarding Champs this weekend and is enjoying some excellent conditions at present.

The snow in the Maluti Mountains is 100% natural and there is a 1km main slope as well as a slope for beginners and a freestyle snow park for those with skills to showoff. All necessary equipment can be rented at the resort, with a full set costing R295 for a day.

Lessons are compulsory for novices.

The snow in the Maluti Mountains is 100% natural and there is a 1km main slope as well as a slope for beginners and a freestyle snow park for those with skills to showoff.

Accommodation starts from around R120 per person per night at the backpackers’ lodge. Self-catering chalets and other forms of accommodation are available at AfriSki and because school and university holidays have now ended, there should be more availability than during peak season. Phone the bookings office on +27 (0) 58 303 6831 to find out more.

Note that you will need have your passport in order to cross the Lesotho border.

Read more about AfriSki on the South Africa Tourism website.

Various parts of South Africa experienced heavy snow last week but most of this has now melted at ground level. If you’re going to be in the country during the next 6 weeks or so, areas to bear in mind for snowy experiences include the Drakensberg towns of Winterton and Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal, Harrismith in the Free State and Ceres in the Western Cape.

Category: Adventure, Attractions

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