what to see / Red Hartebeest


Introduction: Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) have an excellent sense of smell and hearing, but their sense of sight is poor. When alarmed, they tend to mill about in seeming confusion, snorting nervously before running off. Once in its stride, a hartebeest can achieve a speed of 65km/hr, zigzagging left and right in its characteristic bouncing flight, which make it more difficult for predators to catch them. Like the blue wildebeest, it has an uncanny sense of direction and will find water and fresh grazing after rain has fallen a considerable distance away. They are normally associated with open country, occurring on various types of grassland, in semi-desert bush savannah and in some cases open woodland. Distribution: Red hartebeest are fairly common throughout central Namibia and the Kalahari Desert and small herds can sometimes be observed while landing at Windhoek International Airport. Diet: Red hartebeest are predominantly grazers and are water independ... read more  Read More