We were met with chilly temperatures when we set out on our open safari vehicle game drives in the early mornings. But as soon as the sun rose, the day began to warm up and the wildlife made an appearance. The bush may not be green and lush at this time of year, but the blue skies, orange hues and incredible wildlife sightings more than made up for any lack of foliage.

01 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Lioness

Lioness soaks up the last rays of sunshine before sunset.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
03 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Zebra

Zebras at the pub.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safaris highlights June 2021 elephants at the entrance gate

Elephants; one of our first sightings as we entered the gates.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safari highlights june 2021 Kruger sunrise

There's nothing quite like a Kruger sunrise.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safari highlights lion cubs

Lion cubs playing rough and tumble.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safaris june 2021 highlights lion cub

Adorable lion cub posing for the camera

(Image: Simon Vegter)
07 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Leopard

We spotted this leopard on the first day of one our June safaris.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safari highlights june 2021 sunset

Sunrays through the trees - nature's way of saying, "It's time to slow down and wrap things up for today".

(Image: Simon Vegter)
09 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Giraffe

Giraffe roadblock.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
11 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Leopard

Leopard on the move, blending in with the colours of winter.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
12 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Lion cub

Cute lion cub with a runny nose.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
13 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Rhino

White rhino. What a privilege to see these endangered beasts.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
14 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Baby hippo

Inquisitive young hippo calf.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger Safari Sightings Highlights June 2021 24 28 Kruger Safari

"Hey, wait for me!" An elephant calf scrambles to keep up with the herd on the move.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
23 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Breakfast outdoors

There's nothing better than enjoying breakfast outdoors after a productive early morning game drive.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
16 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Zebra

A zebra foal scratching an itch.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
17 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Cheetah

What a lucky find! We spotted this cheetah close to the road.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
18 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Wild dog

A rare African wild dog sighting is always a highlight.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safari highlights June 2021 giraffe

Giraffes sharing an affectionate moment.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
20 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Hippo

Green hippo.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
Kruger safari highlights June 2021 lions on the move

Lions on the move.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
24 Kruger Safaris June 2021 Highlights Panorama Route

Wonderful winter weather and a fantastic view over the Panorama Route's Blyde River Canyon.

(Image: Simon Vegter)

Which of these sightings or image do you like most? Let us know your favorite in the comments section below.

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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 the oldest stories known to mankind - the lure of Africa.