July is the middle of winter in South Africa and it's a great time to be on safari. With no rain in sight and water sources diminishing, some of our best sightings were at rivers and watering holes where elephants and buffaloes congregated in large numbers, and predators lurked nearby. We had our fair share of lion sightings, too, including a very special time with some cute lion cubs jostling with each other for space on a rocky outcrop. Scroll down to share in the magic.

01 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Giraffe at sunset 2

Giraffe at sunset.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
02 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Laughing lion

Nothing to sneeze at. This is a wonderful example of the flehmen grimace which animals use to pick up urine or scent marks.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
03 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Leopard

A beautiful leopard.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
04 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Rhino and calf

A rhino and her calf.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
05 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Honey badger

Skukuza's night raider; the honey badger.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
06 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lion cubs 1

First, two lion cubs on a small rock.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
07 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lion cubs 2

Then, more lion cubs arrive and things get tight.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
08 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lion cubs 3

The lion cubs move onto a flatter rock with more space.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
09 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lion cubs 4

It's not long before the other cubs decide to join in ...

(Image: Simon Vegter)
10 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lion cubs 5

... and suddenly space is at a premium again.

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11 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Elephant calf

Elephant calf.

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12 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Kruger sunset

Kruger winter sunset.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
13 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lilac breasted roller

The beautiful lilac-breasted roller, perhaps the most photographed bird in Kruger.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
14 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Hyena cub

A hyena cub at the den.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
15 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Black backed jackal on the move

A black-backed jackal on the move.

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16 Kruger safari highlights July 2021

En garde! Two yellow-billed storks.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
17 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Hippo and calf

A tiny hippo calf with its mother keeping close watch nearby.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
18 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Lion and lioness

A lioness and a male lion sharing an affectionate moment.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
19 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Baboons

Baboon shenanigans. Baboons are always entertaining to watch!

(Image: Simon Vegter)
20 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 African fish eagle

The impressive African fish eagle.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
21 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Buffalo calf

A buffalo calf giving us the eye.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
22 Kruger safari highlights July 2021 Pearl spotted owlet

A pearl-spotted owlet.

(Image: Simon Vegter)

Leave us a comment and let us know which of these Kruger 2021 July sightings are your favourite. What animals would you most like to see on safari?

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Dianne
Dianne

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.