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Wildlife highlights from our Kruger safaris in August 2022 included a female cheetah with a missing tail, a honey badger and Casper, the famous White Lion of Kruger. We spent time at a dam watching elephants play in the water and came across another cheetah stuck in a tree. We saw African wild dog pups explore their surroundings after leaving their den for the first time and a whole lot more...
July 2022 brought us some incredible predator sightings. We saw African wild dogs take down an impala only to have a clan of hyenas move in and steal the kill. We encountered a lioness "sharing" a kill with hyenas and a jackal until a male lion arrived and claimed the kill for himself. Other wildlife highlights from our Kruger safaris in July include rhinos, leopards, painted wolf pups, buffalos and a hilarious encounter with elephants who decided to give us a mud bath.
Warm and sunny days, cloudless skies, fantastic sunsets, beautiful sunrises and incredible wildlife sightings made easier by thinning foliage are just some of the reasons why safari enthusiasts flock to Kruger in winter. Highlights from our June 2022 Kruger safaris include skittish leopards, playful hippos, young giraffe bulls fighting, elephant calves nursing, a pair of African Fish-eagles and more.
It's official! Face masks are gone and Covid-19 border checks have been dropped in South Africa with immediate effect. Visitors to South Africa are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. What more is there to say, except: "See you soon on safari in South Africa!"
The month of May ushers in the turning point in Kruger as the climate starts to transition into winter. The impending dry season brought pleasant daytime temperatures, chilly early mornings and outstanding wildlife sightings. Our May 2022 Kruger safaris wildlife highlights included playful elephant calves, lazy lions, the elusive African wild cat, the shy civet and a number of raptors like the African Fish-eagle, the African Harrier-hawk and the Martial Eagle.
April brings autumn to Kruger which means the vegetation in the park gradually begins to dry out and colours fade from green to shades of brown and yellow. With foliage thinning out, it became easier to spot game on our game drives. Elephants, rhinos, zebras, hyenas, leopards and lion cubs galore feature amongst our top April 2022 Kruger wildlife highlights. We also had the good fortune to spot a pair of hippos mating.
March marks the last of the summer months in Kruger and, while daytime temperatures dropped slightly, our guests were treated to fairly hot days, pleasant evenings and wildlife sightings second to none. The Big Five —lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant— made an appearance but it was the cheetah cub, African wild dog, bushbaby and bird sightings that took our game drives to the next level.
Our Kruger safaris in February 2022 brought us some incredible leopard sightings that will be difficult to top. We also encountered lion cubs, elephant calves, zebra foals, rhinos, buffalo and vervet monkeys. February is a great time to go on safari in Kruger because there aren't many tourists around and that means we get to have some wildlife sightings all to ourselves.
Wild Wings Safaris currently features on SafariBookings' Top Rated Safari Tour Operators in South Africa list! A huge thank you to our safari guests who give such wonderful feedback about their safari experience. Of 3,734 safari tour operators listed on SafariBookings and based on 66,918 user reviews, we are super proud of our 6th place ranking.
Cape Town is the greatest city in the world to visit right now according to a recent article in the UK's Telegraph. If you're looking for a destination that feels pre-pandemic normal and that's bursting with life, then South Africa's Mother City is the place to be. After 24 months of lockdowns and travel bans, Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands have risen from the ashes like a phoenix, revitalized, revamped and ready to welcome visitors back.
With its rich cultural heritage, dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches and spectacular wildlife, Africa is the perfect honeymoon destination. With each country offering something unique, how do you choose which one to visit? For their honeymoon, Billy and Jenny Peat chose to combine the best Africa has to offer — South Africa, Kenya and Zanzibar — on an epic 35-day romantic getaway. We caught up with them after their return to the UK.
What an incredible start to the New Year! January 2022 pulled out all the stops for us, and guests on our Kruger Park safaris were treated to some wonderful wildlife sightings. Leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs, lion cubs, African wild cats and one of the best sightings we've ever had of Casper, the wild white lion of Kruger.