Our 5 unbelievable days on safari in Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands Private Reserve have left me with a lifetime of amazing animal memories (and several thousand photos that took a ridiculous amount of time to sort through). Maybe we got extremely lucky to see as much as we did or maybe safari is just always this exciting, but, either way, I wouldn’t change a thing about my first South African safari and I wouldn’t trade any of these animal sightings. Here are just a few of my favourite photos from our drives through Kruger and Sabi Sands last week.

And if you want to read more about what we did each day:

Lion mid-yawn

Leopard surveying his territory from a termite mound

Elephant munching on some leaves

Baby baboon

Leopard enjoying his kill in a tree

Giraffe wonders who we are

Lion coming toward us

Wild dog keeps watch while his brothers snooze

Baby monkeys

Locking eyes with the king

Zebra glances back at us

Big lion in a power stance

Leopard tortoise crossing the road

Pride of female lions and cubs napping in the sand

Elephant admiring his reflection

Lions play-fighting

Rhino having a nap

Cub cleaning his mum

Buffalo and his bird friend

Staring contest with a female leopard

Giraffe having a little snack

Leopard slinks off to get a drink of water

Baby impala

Big elephant walking through a dam

Antelope scratching his horns on a bush

Lion cleaning himself just like a little kitty

Giraffe having a bit of a gossip

Read more about our South African safari:

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI DAY 1: BLYDE RIVER CANYON & KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI DAY 2: SATARA REST CAMP, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI DAY 3: FROM KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TO SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI DAY 4: ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE, SABI SANDS

SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI DAY 5: OUR LAST DAY IN SABI SANDS

COMPARING SAFARIS IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SABI SANDS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE & ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

A GUIDE TO PLANNING THE BEST SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI

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