August this year brought us some incredible wildlife sightings. Playful African wild dog pups, affectionate lion cubs, inquisitive hyena cubs and watchful cheetahs, not to mention the other wildlife Kruger is famous for, such as giraffe, zebra, rhino, lion and leopard.

In fact, on one of our game drives, we encountered four different leopards over a two-kilometre stretch! On one of our safaris, we left Kruger National Park to explore one of the world's most scenic drives, the Panorama Route with its canyons, waterfalls and lookout points. Scroll down for some of our favourite moments from August 2021.

Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 5 Giraffe

Giraffes crossing the river.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 6 Dwarf mongoose

A business of dwarf mongoose.

Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 7 Lilac breasted roller

The lilac-breasted roller.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 1 Wonder point

We stopped at Wonder View lookout point on our trip along the Panorama Route.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 3 Blyde River Canyon

The Panorama Route's Blyde River Canyon.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 8 Hyena cub

A hyena cub.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 9 Bee eater

A beautiful bee-eater.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 10 Young male lion

A young male lion.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 20 African wild dog pups

Our first sighting of African wild dog pups.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 15 African wild dog pup

We returned to the wild dog den site the next morning and ...

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 16 African wild dog pups

... watched the wild dog pups ...

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 17 African wild dog pups

... wrestle over a stick.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 11 Lioness and cubs

A lioness and her cubs snoozing on a rock.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 24 Leopard

This leopard sighting was very special. After eight trips to Africa, our guests saw a leopard for the first time!

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 13 Leopard

We spotted this leopard at the start of our afternoon game drive.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 25 Leopard

Our fourth leopard in two kilometres!

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 18 Rhino

A magnificent white rhino.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 19 Elephant

A beautiful elephant.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 21 Cheetah

Two cheetahs.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 22 Warthog

Warthogs grazing.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safaris August 2021 Highlights 23 Hyena cub

Another hyena cub.

(Image: Simon Vegter)

If you want to know more about what you can expect from a wildlife safari in Kruger in the dry season from June to September, check out our When to visit the Kruger National Park safari calendar for more details.

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Dianne
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Dianne Kokkonidis was born in Johannesburg, grew up in the Transkei and spent years exploring Europe. She returned to South Africa to live on a farm in the Outeniqua Mountains when the call of Africa got too loud to ignore. She comes from a family of storytellers, so it's no surprise she's now found her way into writing about one of the oldest stories known to mankind - the lure of Africa.