Most colourful of the Hartebeest types of antelope. Dark brown with white blaze on
front of face, white rump patch and belly, four long white socks and light brown
saddle extending from shoulder to hips. Both sexes have horns which are more robust
in the males. Prefers grazing to browsing. Occurs in small groups of animals which
consists of females with young and a dominant ram. Other males will form bachelor
This is southern Africa’s answer to the Thompson Gazelle of East Africa and is the
only gazelle present in Southern Africa. Fawny brown red with white
under-parts and belly
separated by dark brown/black flank stripe. Both sexes have small lyre shaped horns
slightly thinner and less robust in the female. Black and white forms are bred by
game breeders however it would be likely that these would only appear sporadically
in the wild population and would be quickly preyed upon.
Possible to confuse with female of the Grants gazelle but they are not present in
Southern Africa unless introduced by man.
Damalisus dorcas dorcas
Could only be confused with the very similar Blesbok which looks almost identical
but lacks the white rump and white socks.
Damalisus dorcas phillipsi
Very similar to Bontebok but no white on rump and patchy white socks. The Blesboks
white frontal blaze is normally broken by the outer brown colour around the eye region.
Horns more open in their growth pattern than the Bontebok. Prefers grazing to browsing.
Occurs in small groups of animals which consists of females with young and a
dominant ram. Other males will form bachelor groups.