These beautiful animals are also known as ships of the desert as they can go for long periods of time without drinking any water. There are 2 varients of this species of antelope, namely the Northern and Southern Gemsbok. The Northern species have a black-fringe around their ears and the Souther species have longer horns and more rounded ears. The Northern species occurs from in places with higher rainfall, such as Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya whereas, the Souther species occurs in the dry Kalahari and Namib regions of Southern Africa. I shot these 2 pictures in ‘Etosha Pan National Park’ in the northern region of Namibia.
Fact : The Lechwe is the second most aquatic antelope in the world.
When we first spotted these, we couldn’t figure out what they were. We had never seen them here in South Africa so from a distance, we thought they were Impala or Water Buck. When we got closer, I knew for sure we didn’t have a clue what they were, only to find out once back online here in JHB.