These are what visiting hunters mostly aim to get. Twelve elk-size animals. The horns of a big kudu or gemsbok never fail to impress even the most experienced meat hunter. The regal, unaffraid-of-anything stance of a bull sable commands respect from the most inexperienced visitor to Africa. The sheer size of a bull eland shall forever make the hunter wish he had brought a larger calibre rifle. The apparent antics of black wildebeest will make you forget that you really are there to in fact shoot one of them.
Seeing zebra makes you think of the grand floor rug that skin will make, and watching their aggressive and often bloody fighting will make you think twice about approaching a wounded one and warns you to be sure of your shot placement.
The red hartebeest with its funny horns makes a fine European mount, and the Tsessebe is a challenge to hunt due to its exceedingly good eyesight. Once the hunter had seen the finely mixed colour patterns in the hairs of a blue wildebeest skin he will want one.
The least hunted of all is the Roan, the second biggest antelope in Africa after the eland. The waterbuck has an understated manliness about him - not as challenging as the sable but often more macho than a kudu. All waterbuck bulls appear macho, while not all kudu bulls do.
Enjoy the collage - some photos are my own and some are culled from the Kruger National Park archive.