Sometimes mistaken for the kudu, the considerably smaller male nyala has a grey-brown hide, white vertical stripes and thick, yellow-tipped spiraled horns. Its female counterpart has a visibly different reddish-brown coat, resembling more of a striped “Bambi” in appearance. An animal that is also seen frequently in the Kruger Park or on most South African safaris.
Nyala have more discerning palates than other antelope, preferring tender leaves, seed pods, fruit, flowers and tubers, which they dig for using their front hooves. Due to their specialised diet, they are not widespread. They are extremely shy animals and tend to stay hidden in thick vegetation, which has the added benefit of helping them escape detection by predators. Fortunately there are no predators at Muluwa, so they can take it easy.
Did you know? Juvenile males look like females. This is thought to provide them with protection from adult males who might otherwise run them out of the herd.