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As its name suggests, the bushbuck is a denizen of densely vegetated habitats, ranging from riverine woodland and thickets in mountain valleys to the deepest jungles of tropical Africa.

They live mostly solitary lives, or in small and very unstable groups of ewes and lambs, and often associate with baboons and monkeys to take advantage of any fruits dropped by the foraging primates (their diet consists mostly of leaves and succulent shoots though).

Small it may be , but the male bushbuck is a tenacious fellow and rather dangerous when wounded, as several hunters and their dogs have found out to their detriment.

With a total population estimated at well over a million animals, the bushbuck is one of Africa’s most wide-spread and numerous antelope. In our experience, the best places to see bushbuck in South Africa is at Cape Vidal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, at Letaba in the Kruger National Park, and at Swadini in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

The bushbuck is a smaller cousin of the kudu and nyala, with a shoulder height of only 60 to 100cm and an average weight of less than 50kg.

Doesn’t it look just like the African version of Bambi!?


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  7. Tish Farrell

    Splendid pix as ever, De Wets. I really like this gallery of a single species, so you can really study it and get to know it. Such a format is usually reserved for more ‘prestigious’ game – lion, leopard, eles.


    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you Tish!

      Yes, as magnificent as the lions and leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos are, there’s so much more to appreciate in the wilds of South Africa. like the little bushbuck.



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