How do I tell the difference between a Nyala , Waterbuck, and a Kudu?
The Kudu, Nyala, and Waterbuck are antelope both found in South Africa. They have similarities, especially in the females, but once you know the differentiating features, you can quickly tell them apart. Here are some images to help you learn each species.
We see a variety of large and small antelope on my photos safaris in South Africa. The Kudu, Waterbuck, and Nyala are most commonly sighted species.
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Kudu and Nyala
A nyala ram is shorter and smaller with a darker color than the kudu. Both animals have a shag and hump along with similar face markings below the eyes, but the nyala’s hump is smaller and the overall size difference is distinctive.
The male kudu has a pronounced hump and a smaller amount of back fringe but is taller and heavier plus lighter in color.
Kudu browse trees and can reach high branches. They tilt their heads back which allows the horns to lay flat against their backs and free from entangling in the trees.
Both male and female have the same basic body shape. The female is a bit lighter coloration.
Waterbuck are found close to water and differ in body shape than the lighter built kudu and nyala. they have no fringe or hump. Males and female have the same backing body shape.
The male’s horns are straight with the tips pointing up. They have ridges ringing them. They continue to grow up and out. Both male and female have the white, round “toilet seat” marking on their rear and white markings on the brow ridge of their eyes.
It is fun to identify and “collect” the many antelope species while on one of my safaris. Myself, our safari drivers and trackers all help educate our guests and spot the many wildlife species.