Wild Wings Safaris' guests were treated to some wonderful springtime wildlife sightings in September this year. From a dismissive honey badger to a lion cub tempting his younger sibling back into the safety of the long grass, South Africa's Kruger National Park did not disappoint.

We spotted loads of different types of game gathering at waterholes, were presented with the impressive sight of the famous leopard known as the Lubye-Lubye male, enjoyed spectacular sunsets and saw our fair share of new life, from baby baboons and hyena cubs to elephant calves. Scroll down to see some of our top Kruger safari moments from September 2021.

12 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Hyena den

We returned to this hyena den throughout the month of September. Each time, there was something else to see, from a cuddle huddle one cold morning ...

(Image: Simon Vegter)
13 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Hyena cub

... to an inquisitive hyena doing some exploring of its own later that week.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
24 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Giraffes

A tower of giraffes.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
23 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Honey badger

A honey badger throws us one final look over its shoulder before scuttling off into the bush.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
1 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Leopard

This was our best leopard sighting of the game drive. It pounced unexpectedly on a warthog leaving a culvert ...

(Image: Simon Vegter)
2 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Leopard

... and carried its bounty across the road right in front of our safari vehicle.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
19 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Elephants

Elephants leaving a waterhole after drinking their fill.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
35 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Lions mating

Mating lions.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
5 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Vervet monkey

A vervet monkey getting ready to leap.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
39 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Grey heron

This grey heron used the back of a hippo as a convenient fishing platform and lookout point.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
28 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Zebra

This sighting of an unusually striped zebra fascinated our guests.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
16 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Lion cub

This lion cub left the safety of the long grass for the open road as soon as its mother had left to go hunting but ...

(Image: Simon Vegter)
17 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Lion cubs

... big brother enticed it back into the bush with the promise of play.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
18 Kruger Safaris September 2019 Highlights Striated heron

Caught in the act! A striated heron with a Müller's platanna.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
27 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Elephant

An elephant calf takes a dip.

(Image: Nicky Firer)
30 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Sunset

A beautiful September Kruger sunset.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
11 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights African wild dog

Much to the delight of our guests, we spotted a pack of African wild dogs on the final morning of one of our September safaris. Now that's a nice Kruger farewell!

(Image: Simon Vegter)
37 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Baboon baby

Springtime in Kruger brings new life. Here, a baby baboon sits in its mother's arms.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
38 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Dwarf mongoose pup

More new life! A young dwarf mongoose.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
20 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Lion

A young lion feasting on a buffalo.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
14 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights Leopard

The massive Lubye-Lubye male leopard on the prowl.

(Image: Simon Vegter)
33 Kruger Safaris September 2021 Highlights African Finfoot

The African finfoot is a secretive and elusive bird so we were very lucky to spot this finfoot on one of our game drives.

(Image: Simon Vegter)

We regularly post updates of our Kruger safari sightings and share footage of our favourite wildlife sightings on our Facebook page. You'll find more images and videos of our September 2021 safari sightings there.

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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.