After the Christmas holiday break in December and January, February tends to normally be a quieter month. And February 2022 was no exception. What was unusual, though, was the very limited rainfall. After the great rains early in the summer season, February this year was unseasonably dry with temperatures in the mid to upper 30°C range.

This meant that in some areas of Kruger Park, the bush started to dry out earlier than usual while remaining thick and lush in other areas of the park. With the bush thinning out, spotting game becomes easier. We spotted a lioness and her cubs in a dry riverbed that we otherwise might have missed had the grass been taller and with fewer leaves on branches, we enjoyed some incredible sightings of leopards in trees.

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Elephant calf standing among giants.

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A moment of affection.

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White rhino.

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Leopard resting in a tree.

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Time to get moving.

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What's for dinner?

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Impala and red-billed oxpeckers.

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Buffalo bull.

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Vervet monkey enjoying a marula fruit.

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This young male somehow got separated from his pride and was actively looking for them. He kept on calling and trying to get views from elevated areas.

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Lioness and her cubs lazing in a riverbed.

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Banded mongooses often don't stand still for long so we were delighted when this one "posed" for the camera.

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Zebra and foal.

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A hyena pup near its den.

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We came across a large pack of African wild dogs in the late afternoon. This one stopped briefly before continuing to roam.

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Tree agama.

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We were on our way to the gate when we encountered this leopard.

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An intense moment.

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Zebras gather to drink.

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Still searching...

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If you would like to know more about the seasons in Kruger National Park and how they impact the game viewing experience, take a look at our Kruger National Park Safari Calendar.

If you would like us to put together a customized Kruger itinerary tailor-made to suit your wishes, feel free to contact us here. We don't charge any booking fees and if you book with us, you'll pay the same as, or often less than, if you book directly with a safari lodge or via an online booking platform.

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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.