In August 2012, the Free State was turned into a winter wonderland as snow fell in Golden Gate Highlands National Park. It was the heaviest snowfall the park had seen in six years. When these pictures were taken on the morning of 7 August 2012, snow was still falling.

2 GoldenGateFront of hotel-Aug2012

Snow covers the area in front of the Golden Gate Hotel as snowflakes continue to fall.

3 SANParks staff enjoying the snow at Golden Gate Highlands National Park

SANParks staff enjoy the snow. Wrap up warm, folks!

4 Snowy landscape 1

The surrounding landscape has been transformed by the snow.

5 GoldenGateSnowfallAug2012

The view from the hotel of snow falling outside.

 GoldenGateSnowylandscape2

The Golden Gate Hotel looks out over snowy fields.