Our Kruger safaris in July 2022 brought us some spectacular wildlife sightings. From African wild dog pups venturing out of their den for the first time and predators squabbling over a kill to raptors scouting the area for their next meal and plains game gathering in large numbers at rivers and pans, Kruger dished up some unforgettable dry season game viewing experiences.

We spotted the elusive African wildcat, towers of giraffes, all the Big Five and various antelope species. Scroll down to see a selection of our Kruger safaris July 2022 wildlife highlights and when you get to the end, take some time to watch an unforgettable encounter with a herd of elephants who sprayed us with mud.

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African wildcat.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Lion cub at a kill.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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Lilac-breasted Roller feeding on a Death's-head Hawkmoth larva.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Lion in the long grass.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Kudu bulls sparring.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Two white rhinos.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Hippo.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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White-backed Vulture.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Leopard.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Waterbuck bull.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Lioness, hyenas and a jackal "sharing" a kill.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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A male lion arrives and the other animals scatter.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Having dispersed the other predators, the male lion now has the kill to himself.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Brown-hooded Kingfisher.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Plains game at a waterhole.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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Buffalo herd.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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A Euphorbia on a rocky outcrop.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Nyala bull.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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Vervet monkeys.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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African wild dog pups.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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African wild dog pup.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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African wild dog and pup.

(Image: Onne Vegter)
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Tower of giraffes.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Leopard.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Black-backed jackal.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Pearl-spotted Owlet.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Elephants on the move.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Rhino calf.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Red-billed Oxpeckers sitting on the head of a hippo.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Klipspringers.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Male lion.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Baby baboon.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Martial Eagle.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Hyena cub.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Young Bateleur.

(Image: Simon Vegter)

Hilarious clip of a herd of elephants taking a mud bath and spraying mud on safari guests.

South Africa's flagship game viewing destination, Kruger National Park, offers fantastic all-year-round game viewing and each season has something different to offer. To find out more about what you can expect throughout the year, take a look at our blog When to visit the Kruger National Park.

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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.