Top 12 Elegant Species of Antelopes in Africa

The Savanna grassland and rainforests of Africa continent is home to the largest species of antelopes,deer and wild goat. The most elegant antelope species in the Africa includes Eland ,Kudu, Nyala, Sable and Scimitar oryx, Grant’s gazelle, Lechwe, Gerenuk, Topi, Hartebeest, Bontebok and Bongo antelope.

Eland Antelope


Giant Eland Antelope is species of the family Bovidae and the largest species of savanna antelope in Africa. The giant eland are also spiral horned antelopes and largest species of antelope in the world.

Greater Kudu


Greater Kudu is one of the very tallest and longest horned antelope in Africa,found in southern Africa. The kudu has two known species commonly called as lesser kudu and Greater kudu.

Sable Antelope

Sable Antelope

Sable Antelope inhabits Southern African wooded savannah grasslands and shares features with Roan antelope. The sable antelope is national animal of Zimbabwe and one of the plains game species in Africa.



Nyala Antelope is middle sized antelope and one of the highly prized as game animals of Africa. The spiral horned nyala are larger than bushbuck but smaller than Kudu and active mainly in the morning and afternoon.



Gemsbok antelope is native to desert regions of Southern Africa and belongs to Oryx genus. The beautiful Gemsbok is largest and well known species of Oryx, also depicted on the coat of arms of Namibia.

Roan Antelope


Roan Antelope is one of Africa’s largest antelope mostly occurred in East and southern Africa. This savanna antelope are similar in appearance to sable antelope and mainly found in woodland and grassland savanna.



Hartebeest are reddish fawn antelope inhabiting dry savannas,wooded grassland and open plains. Hartebeest are popular game and trophy animals with unusual bracket-shaped horns.



Waterbuck mostly found close to waterland in savanna and one of the large antelope widely distributed in Saharan Africa. The waterbuck inhabit grasslands areas alongside rivers and lakes in southern and eastern Africa.


Bushbuck is the smallest species of spiral horned antelope,found in rainforests and bush savannaforest. The Bushbuck along with Imbabala and Kewel are two more recognised species and closely related to Bongo antelope.



Impala antelope lives between woodlands and savannah and similar to the Grant’s gazelle. This medium sized antelope is diurnal and one of the most graceful of all Africa’s antelopes.


Springbok species is a medium sized antelope inhabit the dry land of southwestern Africa. The Springbok also called as jumping buck and gerenuk antelope species could be closely related to Springbok.

Thomson’s Gazelle

Thomson's Gazelle

Thomson’s Gazelle is the most common type of gazelle in Africa and the second fastest animal on earth. The Thomson’s gazelle lives in the Serengeti region of Kenya,Tanzania and Africa’s savannas grassland.

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  • Ed.Kabare says:

    Excellent show of our African wealth in wildlife. We had started an argument on how these beautiful animals are named in our vernacular.

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