The following is a fascinating list of the 10 most elegant African antelopes. 1.) Sable The sable (above) is one of the most beautiful antelopes. Classified into four subspecies, the Southern, Eastern, Zambian and Giant Sable Antelopes, sables are found in herds that comprise females and a single bull. Both males and females have white markings on the face and belly as well as curving horns. The giant sable antelope is critically endangered.
2.) Gerenuk Sometimes referred to as giraffe gazelle, gerenuks (found in the East African savannahs) are among the most desert-adapted antelopes. They are known to survive without water for up to 8 months. Gerenuks are able to stand upright on their hind legs to reach the higher vegetation (up to 7 feet) that dominate their habitat. They are found in small herds, with males overseeing females and their young ones.
3.) Impala Impalas are the most common African antelopes. They are found moving in large herds in savannas and thick bushveld in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, Uganda, Swaziland, Namibia and South Africa. Impalas graze during wet seasons and browse foliage during dry seasons.
4.) Kudu Kudu is one of the most stunning antelopes. The males have stunning spiralled horns that grow to a length of up to 72 inches.
Kudus are usually seen in small groups and males are seen with females only during the mating season. Kudu are browsers and usually prefer areas heavily covered with low trees.
5.) Roan Roan is Africa’s second largest antelope, after the eland. It gets its name from its skin colour – it can have a strawberry tinge in certain light. Roans’s face resembles that of a horse and its ears are similar to those of a donkey. The antelope is found in herds of 6-12 individuals, although occasionally the herd can grow larger to 25 animals.
6.) Nyala The Nyala is a unique species of antelopes that are found in South Africa. They have spiral horns and the males are larger than females – weighing up to 114 kg while females weigh a maximum of 58 kg.
7.) Waterbuck Waterbuck is among the largest antelopes, with males weighing up to 260 kg. Waterbucks are good swimmers and when in danger they tend to dive in deep water. They don a brownish-grey shaggy coat and are usually found in herds of up to 30 individuals. Only the males have horns and both sexes emit a murky smell that lingers at their resting sites.
8.) Gemsbok The Gemsbok is one of the most striking antelopes with long, spear-like horns. They have stunning black and white markings on their faces and legs, black side stripes on the flanks and a long black tail. Gemsbok are able to endure the hot conditions of Namib and Kalahari deserts.
9.) Springbok The Springbok can be found all over the southern African savannah. The biggest population of Springbok is found in the Kalahari, where they are the most widely spread antelope species. They are fast sprinters and can reach a speed of 80 kmh! Springbok are able to stay for long periods of time without drinking water.
10.) Eland The eland is not necessarily beautiful but it is the largest of all antelopes. It can weigh up to 950 kg and rise up to 178 centimetres at the shoulder. Both males and females elands have horns – with those of males measuring up to 50 inches. Elands are very shy and will run at the slightest disturbance.