Common Eland in de Hoop Nature Reserve
One of the really cool things about de Hoop NR, is that although they have several highly venomous snakes, they lack large predators so you are allowed to just walk around wherever you like. This is very uncommon in African national parks, but does lead to sudden encounters with large amazing creatures like this eland. I was on foot and as I came around a large bush - there it was. It checked me our for a few moments and then mover off - awesome.
The common eland, also known as the southern eland or eland antelope, is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa.An adult male is around 1.6 metres tall and can weigh up to 942 kg with an average of 500–600 kg, 340–445 kg for females. It is the second largest antelope in the world, being slightly smaller on average than the giant eland.