After two years of lockdown restrictions, visitors took advantage of South Africa's low infection numbers and relaxed COVID-19 entry requirements to enjoy a safari in the fresh air, sunshine and wide-open spaces of South Africa's sprawling Kruger National Park.

Mornings and afternoons were spent in open-safari vehicles on game drives in search of wildlife and evenings were spent gathered beneath the stars at night, sharing impressions of Kruger's beautiful scenery and animal sightings. There was a lot to talk about. From rare cheetah cub and shy bushbaby sightings to the Marico sunbird with its brilliant colours and a female leopard with two different coloured eyes, our March 2022 Kruger safari highlights were superb. Scroll down for more of our favourite sightings.

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Leopard on the hunt.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Bateleur, slowly changing into adult plumage.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Male lion resting in the long grass.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Elephants crossing a river.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Marico sunbird.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
10 Kruger Safaris March 2022 Highlights

Hanging with Mom.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Anything to hunt?

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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An affectionate moment.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Grooming time.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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White stork feeding on the insects trying to escape a bushfire.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Cheetah cub learning how to use a dead tree to gain height.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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A female leopard with two different coloured eyes.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Jumping spiders like this hyllus treleaveni are arguably the most endearing (and cutest) of all spiders.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Elephant calf.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Rhinos emerging.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Epauletted fruit bat.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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African wild dog alert and eager for the hunt.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Giraffe.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Lesser bushbaby entertaining us at Crocodile Bridge.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Leopard peeking out from behind a tree trunk.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Woodland kingfisher.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Male kudu.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Elephant feeding on a bush.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Hyena and cub.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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African hawk-eagle.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Lioness.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
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Zebra trio.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
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Buffalo.

(Image: Simon Vegter)

March is a great time of year to go on a safari in Kruger. The park is less crowded and the bush is slowly beginning to thin out, making it easier to spot game. If you're thinking of booking a Kruger safari for March 2023, take a look at our Early Bird Specials on Wild Wings Safaris Kruger Tours. For more information on the current entry requirements and travel protocols for popular African safari destinations, please consult our blog African Safari Travel: COVID-19 Entry Requirements by Country for regular updates.

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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.