Kudus: The Unique African Antelope

Discover the unique beauty of Kudus during a safari in Zimbabwe.  Kudus are a species of African antelope recognized for their impressive spiral horn in male individuals. With a distinctive coat of brownish-grey featuring white stripes and spots, and a mane of long hair, Kudus are a sight to behold. As herbivores, they feed on leaves, fruits, and shrubs. Often solitary or found in small groups, Kudus are most active during dawn and dusk. These nimble creatures are also known for their incredible speed, capable of running at speeds up to 80 km/h when faced with predators.

Kudus are known for their impressive spiral horns that are unique to each individual. These horns, which can reach up to 1.2 meters in male individuals, are used for both defense and display. Kudus use their horns to establish dominance over other males during mating season, and to protect themselves and their young from predators.


Kudus are herbivorous animals that primarily feed on leaves, flowers, fruits, and twigs of various trees and shrubs. They are known to be selective browsers, preferring the leaves of certain species of trees and avoiding others. Kudus are also able to eat a range of vegetation that is unpalatable to other herbivores, such as plants with high levels of tannins. Some of the plants commonly eaten by kudus include acacia, combretum, and Terminalia species.

Kudus are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, in a variety of habitats including savannas, woodlands, and forests. They are often solitary or found in small groups, although larger herds of up to 20 individuals have been observed. Kudus are most active during dawn and dusk, when they are more likely to avoid predators such as lions, leopards, and hyenas.


 A very beautiful Shona sculpture of a family of Kudu in brown Verdite stone  Sculptor unknown.  What is Shona Sculpture?

Despite their impressive size and strength, Kudus are relatively peaceful animals. They are known for their cautious and timid nature, and will often flee when faced with danger. However, when cornered or threatened, Kudus are capable of defending themselves with their sharp horns and powerful legs.

The unique beauty and behavior of Kudus have made them a popular subject for wildlife photography and art. In fact, Kudus have been depicted in various forms of art throughout history, including rock paintings and sculptures

Enjoy a short Youtube Video of Kudus at a waterhole