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From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes

Stephanus has eyes that never fail. At the far end of a long open valley, he spotted the herd of eland lying in the shade of the trees on the edge of the hills. The valley is wide and gentle but the slopes that surround it are steep and rocky and covered in thorns with a few marula and fever berry trees. Continue reading From the Greatest to the Least–Antelope at the Extremes

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Species of the Week – African Sable

F112 mapHippotragus niger niger

DESCRIPTION Larger than the other subspecies of sable. Adult males are glossy black, with a face that is largely white except for a wide black blaze from forehead to nose and a black stripe from eye to muzzle. Adult females south of the Zambezi River also turn blackish, though they tend to be lighter than males. Females north of the Zambezi tend to be reddish brown rather than black.

DISTRIBUTION Southeastern Angola; Zambia except in the far west; southeastern Katanga Province in Congo (K); Malawi; western and central Tanzania; Mozambique; the Caprivi Strip in Namibia; northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the northern Transvaal in South Africa.

TAXONOMIC NOTES Includes niger (the so-called black sable from south of the Zambezi River) and kirki (north of the Zambezi and west of the range of the Roosevelt sable). The name niger Harris, 1838 has priority.

The “Monster” Blue

Campfire stories often lead to unexpected adventures.
Campfire stories often lead to unexpected adventures.

I’ve never met anyone going on their first safari who says, “I’m going after the small stuff.” Like most first timers, visions of kudu and gemsbok filled my first safari dreams, and I had the good fortune of having Carl van Zijl from John X Safaris as my PH to help me earn them. Like most, both my wife and I were severely “bitten by the safari bug” on that first adventure in 2007. Continue reading The “Monster” Blue

Flashback Friday – Gemsbok, the Desert Warrior

SafariND1992CoverEditor’s Note: On Friday we search the extensive SCI archives and reprint a story from the past. This week’s story is a tribute to the majestic and aggressive Gemsbok. This story originally appeared in the November/December 1992 issue of Safari magazine.

One of my earliest and most vivid memories is of my father almost being impaled on the horn of a wounded gemsbok in South West Africa {now Namibia). I was five years old and just big enough to see over the dashboard of the 1936 Oldsmobile-if I stood on the front seat. Continue reading Flashback Friday – Gemsbok, the Desert Warrior