In sharp distinction to the heatwaves throughout Europe, individuals are snowboarding in Africa.
The tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, utterly surrounded by way of South Africa, is the one nation on earth the place nowhere is fewer than one thousand metres above sea degree.
While chilly winters aren’t uncommon in a lot of southern Africa, snow is.
Inevitably, ski motels are even rarer and at an altitude of three,000 metres, Afriski in Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains is Africa’s best running ski lodge south of the equator.
Meka Lebohang Ejindu is a snowboard teacher there.
“I was originally born in London. But I spent the last 12 years teaching, skiing and snowboarding in Austria,” he says.
“This is my first season I’m riding the Southern Hemisphere riding in South Africa. But my family is from here. So, it’s kind of nostalgic that I got to ride in the Lesotho soil, as my family is from here. So that’s kind of a pleasure.”
Bafana Madida is from Soweto in Johannesburg and is visiting Afriski for the primary time.
“We are going to be going on a class, a skiing class,” he says.
“And then after that, we’re just going to play in the snow and get some good pictures and play and just mess around and just enjoy our time here.”
Afriski’s Kapoko Snow Park is the one freestyle snow park at the continent and competition coated up final month for the yearly Winter Whip Slopestyle snowboard and ski festival.
On a hectic day, the slope can host over 300 guests.
For vacationer Kafi Mojapelo, it is a chance to do one thing she has sought after to do for a while.
“I’ve been seeing a lot of ads on YouTube, and I just thought, I really want to try that, and I’ve never seen snow in my life. So this is really it’s a great experience,” she says.
The lodge has six runs and operates between June and August.
During the summer season months, it gives a number of excessive recreation actions, together with mountain cycling and guided motorcycle journeys.