The nyala feeds upon foliage, fruits and grasses. A shy animal, it prefers water holes rather than open spaces. Nyala are spiral-horned and middle-sized antelopes, between a bushbuck and and a kudu which we will see later in this site.  the female Females and young males have ten or more white vertical stripes on their sides. Other markings are visible on the face, throat, flanks and thighs. Stripes are very less or absent in males. Both males and females have a white chevron between their eyes,   Only the males have horns. Horns are 24–33 in long and yellow-tipped with one or two twists

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I originally had this beautiful  Nyala in with the Kudus but his yellow tipped horns gave him away
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We saw very few Nyala during our safari.  Either there are not many of them or they stay well hidden. They are easily mistaken for Kudu.  The only way I could tell them apart was that the Nyala has a very pronounced white chevron below their eyes and the kudu has a faint one.  Am I certain that I don't have some of the photos mixed up?  NO!
The next antelope in our safari is the Reedbuck.

The Southern Reedbuck is the largest of the three species of Reedbuck. It stands 31–35 in at the shoulder.  Females weigh 110 lb, while the males weigh 150 lb.

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The Topi or Tsessebe has a face only a mother could love.  Its' sad bovine features look
more like they belong in a barnyard that the savannah.

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The Waterbuck is a good sized antelope and stands  120 to 47 to 54 in at the shoulder. Males weigh 440–660 lb and females 350–440 lb.  The waterproofing secretions of the waterbuck's sweat glands produce an unpleasant odor in its meat, unless the animal is skinned carefully. According to African myth, the meat of the waterbuck is not edible, but this is untrue although not especially tasty, waterbuck venison is safe to eat. The long, spiral-structured horns, found only in males, sweep back and up.  They also have a distinctive white ring as you will see.

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We found this herd of Waterbuck and stopped to watch. Take note of the little guy, second from the left.

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He decided it was lunch time and let mom know

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And then he proceeded to really get down to business.

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The Waterbuck is also known as
Target Butt for a very obvious reason.

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Yes, this is the same Waterbuck.  Just a closeup on his horns
Our last antelope is the little Steenbok.  He is small and fast so it was a challenge getting photos of him. The steenbok stands between 18 - 24 inches high at the sholder and weigh between 15 and 35 lbs.
 

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Only the males have horns, although not very big.

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This concludes our Antelope safari.  Next we will move to the tallest animal in the world, the Giraffe!

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African Giraffe