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A good Eland sighting every time when we are there is on the H1-8 [Elandskuil] and [Madadzidzi]. In august we saw a groep of about 40 animals.Also a good place for Lichtenstein's hartebeest and Tsessebe.

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We saw Eland on three occasions in Kruger.
The first time I could not believe my eyes as I knew that eland appears in the northern section of the park. The reason for disbelieve in my eyes was because we saw a small herd between Numbi gate and the Mestel Dam (it was during the early 80's).
We were leaving the park at Numbi and I ask the manager at the gate whether it could have been eland (as it they were quite far from the road).
He then informed me about the group that was trans-located to the Pretoriuskop region.

The next time I saw eland was in 1994 on the H9 near Phalaborwa gate (between the S131- and H14-junctions).
The last time I saw eland was 10 years ago (1995) north of Satara between the S90- and S127-junctions.

Last year (September) we were camping in Karoo National Park.
About every night two huge eland bulls came into the camp to eat on the Acacia Karoo trees.
The camp attendant (Japie) was not very happy with them as they really broke the trees to pieces.
We never saw them because with the slightest movement from human beings they ran off.
We heard them picking the leaves and also when they ran off if somebody tried to find out what was responsible for the noise in the camp.


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I have never seen an Eland. Yesterday I was going though my "Mammals" book and was amazed at their size. I thought there was a possible printing error.
I would love to see an Eland.


Come to the Eastern Cape or go to Vaalbos, almost guarenteed sightings.

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Here is Anne's Eland she spotted in Addo, Pretty GROSE

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About 10 years ago I came across a small group of Eland at Sable Dam. They were at one end while a huge Lion pride (20+ )was at the other. Neither took any notice of the other but I was close enough to the Eland to hear their knees clicking. Once they were gone, I drove up to the other end and had a close encounter with the Lions.

The only other Eland sightings that I've had have been at Ngorongoro in Tanzania and in the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Never seen Roan in the KNP, my only sighting was at Serondela in Botswana.


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Heard a story from a ranger from a game park in natal :P ,
That the eland there declined a lot due to tick fever , and there natural migration used to be towards the highlands and the Drakensberg during summer .

Wonder if this is the same as with Kruger , maybe the Eland used to move into the mountains to the west of the park during the hot summer months .
For a monster of a antelope they sure as heck can climb though, like huge klipspringers almost .
Are there really 3000 in Kruger :o


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3000 does seem like a lot to me especially as they are not seen all that often and not in big numbers.

I can't find any current census numbers for them in Kruger but the one book does list them as 570 way back in 1992. :roll:

Interesting to know what the latest figures are.


In my latest map book (2005 edition) it shows the number at 700.

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Sorry for doubting this, but i really just couldn't believe that there were 3000, and almost never seeing them.
So i did my own searching and wa-la... the Census for last year in Kruger indicated 300 eland and not 3000. :wink:
They are however in the process of changing it to this years stats 8)

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A bit of Google:
There are 750 eland in Kruger in 2004. (source).
There are 600 eland in Kruger in 2004. (source).
There are 300 eland in Kruger in 2004. (source).

Pick any one....

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DQ, I wouldn't say things like this by simply just doing a google search, and taking info of the first available site
My search was enquiring from the person IN Kruger at Scientific Services who actually work with this.
So this is the info on the eland (and other mammals) I got from them.
So for me... that's the official figure :wink:

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I can't remember my source to be honest, but I won't quote anything that I don't think it's reliable. But then again, I have been misled before, so it could have happened here ;-)

I must be honest, 3000 sounded like a lot to me, but I have also seen Eland relatively regularly. So it seemed plausable.

Anyhow, will see if there is some better, reliable and quotable figures somewhere else

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Anyhow, will see if there is some better, reliable and quotable figures somewhere else


Ai jai jai... being difficult again i see :twisted:
How many times do i need to say this... the figure i gave is the official (reliable) one, so you don't need to go and find something better! :roll:

You had me going on a big search now on THIS site to find it so that you can give it a rest...
So please go and have a look:roll:

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Guinea Pig wrote:
Had a close encounter with a huge herd of these
fast-becoming-my-fav-animals yesterday and noted some interesting behaviour.

This herd was large (250+) and they had babies with them (I counted 25 that I could see). What struck me was that all the young ones were with one cow. I looked so funny! :lol: They were following her everywhere.

Never knew that Eland have a creché-system!


That must have been the most amazing sight, where did you see this spectacle? :shock:

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We saw Eland just behind Pretoriuskop on the H2-2 at Skipberg in 1996. Very far, we could only identify them with binoculars. But we did see them :P

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One of the cutest things about Eland are their "clicky" knees. The joints in their knees make a clicking sound when they walk so, at night particularly, it is often that you hear them before you see them.


I found this very interesting about the "clicky knees" and found this information.
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Stronger, more dominant males have first access to estrus females. As they walk, they make a loud "clicking" sound that can be heard more than a mile away. Once thought to come from their joints or hooves, researchers now say it is made by the tendons in the front legs. A male that clicks doesn't have to be seen, for he asserts his dominance by sound. Younger males will even leave an area to avoid confrontations with him.


Click HERE for more interesting info on the Eland.

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I've seen eland frequently in other parks, but only once in Kruger. It was a single antelope about halfway between Masorini and Letaba.

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