One of the most beautiful antelopes you will ever encounter is Africa’s “grey ghost” – the Greater Kudu. On arrival at our lodge, these tall and majestic animals will be one of the very first to welcome you. Even though they are able to blend into their surroundings remarkably well, they are an easy and vulnerable target to the lions on the reserve. However, young calves are often born which helps to sustain the kudu population.
Kudu have excellent hearing. Their big ears act as a radar and they can pick up even the slightest of sounds, no matter how stealthy a lion or leopard may try to be. Their bark is like an alarm call, and immediately alerts rangers to predators’ whereabouts which always leads to many interesting and entertaining sightings while out on safari.
Recently, whilst driving around the reserve, we heard the distinct sound of a kudu barking. We immediately switched off our vehicle and grabbed the binoculars to scout the area, trying to determine the kudu’s position and the direction in which they were barking. The radio crackled with an update of a lion having been spotted. There was excitement all around as we drove further on, following the sound of the barking kudu and keeping our eyes peeled to spot a lion in tow. Just then, a Kudu bolted past the viewer and disappeared into a thicket.
We did not see the lion but the thrill of the drive and not knowing what could happen next was what made this game drive worthwhile.