Recently, I was on safari in Mozambique and was shooting a reedbuck
for camp meat.
Wild herbivore species Body size Megaherbivore Medium-sized African elephant Yes Rhino Yes Giraffe Yes Burchell's zebra Yes Grevy's zebra Yes Thomson's gazelle Yes Grant's gazelle Yes Hartebeest Yes Impala Yes Cape buffalo Yes Eland Yes Warthog Yes Beisa oryx Yes Greater kudu Yes Lesser kudu Yes Waterbuck Yes Reedbuck
Yes Gerenuk Yes Wild herbivore species Feeding habits Grazers Browsers Mixed-feeders African elephant Yes Rhino Yes Giraffe Yes Burchell's zebra Yes Grevy's zebra Yes Thomson's gazelle Yes Grant's gazelle Yes Hartebeest Yes Impala Yes Cape buffalo Yes Eland Yes Warthog Yes Beisa oryx Yes Greater kudu Yes Lesser kudu Yes Waterbuck Yes Reedbuck
Yes Gerenuk Yes Source: author, 2017.
Some of the competing grazer species include the reedbuck
and hartebeest, whose populations have been shown to correlate negatively with roan population in the park [15-17].
My dad was able to shoot a great buffalo, and I stalked and shot a few more species, including a hartebeest, Cob du Buffon, and a reedbuck
. This was a trip of a lifetime, not because of the results, but because of all the moments shared with an incredible team and family.
Furthermore, you also have the added bonus that a lot of land adjacent to the dam is either game farm or nature reserve (Rolfontein), and game sightings are fairly common--kudu, reedbuck
, hartebeest, gemsbok for example--we also had a great sighting of African clawless otter.
The book has passages of great beauty, especially in descriptions of landscape and of process, as in skinning a reedbuck
. But a single page--66 is a good example--can show the contrast between the very good and the not good Hemingway.
Doug Nienhaus with great reedbuck
taken in Mozambique with PH Gary Duckworth of Mokore Safaris
But do we dream of hunting tsessebe, bohor reedbuck
, suni, or 90-several other obscure African antelope?
The area had been exceedingly kind to us as we supplied the skinning shed with East African Bohor reedbuck
, oribi, Nile bushbuck, East African sitatunga and East African bush duiker.
wildebeest, Zebra, Oribi, Grey redbuck and Reedbuck
Sigurwana's diverse wildlife resources include kudu, sable, nyala, waterbuck, reedbuck
, klipspringer, bushbuck, impala, wildebeest, zebra, eland, caracal, bushbabies and the elusive leopard, while night drives may surprise guests with sightings of shy nocturnal game such as antbear, porcupine, honeybadger, pangolin and brown hyena.
Climatic influences on the behavioural ecology of Chanler mountain reedbuck