CAPE HARTEBEEST (Alcelaphus Cama)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 16½“ (41.91 cm)
SCI: 39 points

Average mass:
120 lb (55 kg)

20 5/8” (52.40 cm)
54 7/8 points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30 cal.
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head.


Throughout the Republic of Southern Africa.


Distinct white blaze on the face. The belly, inner parts of the buttocks and the legs below the knee are white. Both the male and female have horns.

Differences between male and female:

The male is slightly larger than the female and its horns are thicker.


Grass plains (preferably sweet), with sufficient drinking water and cover.


Diurnal, grazing in the early morning and late afternoon, resting in the shade when it is hot. They walk in single file between drinking and feeding places. Gregarious. There are territorial males, female herds and bachelor herds. Territories are maintained by challenging displays, threatening behaviour and marking of grass with their pre-orbital glands. Territorial males make use of common dung heaps and sometimes lie down on top of them to rest. Territorial behaviour becomes less marked and herd structures change after the mating season.


Grass, especially short or in burnt areas. Drinks water regularly.


Snorts and growls.


After a gestation period of approximately 8 months, a single calf is born from November to January.


Approximately 11 years