This is the third video with music from the album ‘Under the Marula Tree’ by ROOT, a local band. It features some of my pictures and videos taken at Thanda Safari.

The music is composed to symbolize African nature icons (eg sunrises, Lions, Elephants, …). This very special album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer for streaming and download!

All ROOT videos are available on their YouTube channel at

Enjoy the Grazing Antelope 😊

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The ANTELOPES of Thanda

On safari we talk a lot about the big five and most of the pictures we post are about them. The antelopes are often overlooked in photography even if one sees them far more often than the Big Five.

Over the last few days I have introduced the five antelope species, which I am seeing most on my game drives: Impala, Wildebeest, Nyala, Kudu and Waterbuck.

In this collage I have included the other seven species living on Thanda. Some of them are not seen so often, but they are around.

1 Greater Kudu *

2 Waterbuck *

3 Blue Wildebeest *

4 Nyala *

5 Common Reedbuck

6 Impala *

7 Southern Bushbuck

8 Mountain Reedbuck

9 Common Duiker

10 Natal Red Duiker

11 Steenbok

12 Suni

> Listed in order of weight/size

* = Commonly seen on Thanda


Today: Impalas

Impalas are the most common antelope on Thanda Safari. They always look immaculate because they practice allo-grooming. This means that they groom each other with their special comb like teeth in places they cannot reach themselves.

Male and female look very similar except that the males are larger and have horns. We are currently in the rutting season when males fight for their mating rights. During that time they also make incredible loud grunting noises to get ride of rivals and – I assume 😊 – to attract the ladies.

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