Gemsbok Graphics

This post is part of  Kalahari  Series II – 2011. The previous post in the series is Fierce Creatures. Also see Kalahari Series I – 2009.

Gemsbok are very large buck which are specifically adapted to life with very little water, and very high day-time temperatures. The South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park used to be called the Kalahari Gemsbok Park, because the Gemsbok are such a feature there. Often standing silhouetted up on the red dunes. We have seen mostly smallish herds (approx 15-20 animals) of Gemsbok or solitary Gemsbok. [ From Kalahari: Herds]

Their unique marking and long sharp horns allow them to form very interesting patterns when they are standing together in groups. The formations they stand in, often to provide maximum protection for the group against predators, also make for stunning photographic subjects.


©Heyns Kotze


©Heyns Kotze


The Gemsbok graphics are even reflected in the water ©WMB/

Thank you to Heyns Kotze for generously allowing me to use his beautiful photographs in this post. See individual photos for credits.

The Kalahari 2011 Series:

About lisa@notesfromafrica

I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at and (my photoblog)
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20 Responses to Gemsbok Graphics

  1. What stunning animals! The visual impact of their faces and horns over-lapping is incredible. I love graphic art and love these photos especially! Great post, Lisa!

  2. Reggie says:

    Ohh, Gemsbok are just soo beautiful. Well-captured. I also really like bontebok – they have such interesting colours.

  3. Lu says:

    Gorgeous photos of gorgeous bokke!

  4. Those horns are so pointy! Despite that, they look very graceful. How big are they? Are they like the springboks?

  5. I was just watching a very old, old documentary last night called Naked Africa…from maybe 1957. It featured some Gemsbok, which I’ve always found so fascinating because of their horns. In the same documentary, they showed some photographers (pre-zoom lenses) who were walking within feet of the wildlife risking life and limb for shots. Luckily, we have some better equipment these days. Nice photos, Lisa!

  6. Sarita Botha says:

    Beautiful pics!

  7. Wow, this is a great selection of photos! Love the compositions.

  8. Xandi says:

    great photos, I learned in school about it 😀

  9. This blog makes me miss home!!!

  10. dearrosie says:

    The photos are simply perfect!

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