Blesbuck, Our Car Park Guide

Blesbok at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Blesbok at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary this morning

Look who hangs around our Central Reservations Office parking area! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary‘s main office is frequently visited by Blesbuck, and often Zebra too. Attracted by the open veld area around our office, Blesbuck are always found grazing or relaxing here, quietly tolerant of human presence. This picture was taken this morning from a distance, since Blesbuck are shy in nature and we didn’t want  to scare the animal away.

Did you know…The Blesbok or Blesbuck (Damaliscus pygarus phillipsi) is an antelope endemic to southern Africa? It has a distinctive white face and forehead which inspired the name, because bles is the Afrikaans word for a blaze (itself a word for a strip of colour on the forehead of a horse). The siSwati word for Blesbuck is Linoni.

 

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Author: Big Game Parks

Sawubona! Welcome to Big Game Parks' Blog! From the flatlands in the East, through the mountainous and scenic West, to the heart of the lowveld in the South East, the Kingdom of Swaziland not only offers you nearly every example of African landscape but also unforgettable wildlife, culture, adventure and birding experiences. Big Game Parks (BGP) is a private non-profit Trust which manages three game reserves in Swaziland: Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. All follow a common mission: to conserve the rich biodiversity of Swaziland's natural heritage. In 1960 the Reilly's family established the Kingdom's first game reserve on the Reilly family farm, Mlilwane. Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve soon followed and today the company's contribution to the restoration and protection of the Kingdom’s biodiversity is of great significance (BGP actually saved 22 species from extinction in Swaziland!) and can truly be appreciated by the discerning traveller. Swaziland is well-situated between Kruger National Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Maputo. Big Game Parks’ well-positioned and diverse game reserves are an essential destination in any itinerary. Discover all the latest Big Game Parks tourism, conservation and community happenings right here. Sitawubonana! See you soon!

2 thoughts on “Blesbuck, Our Car Park Guide”

  1. @ Grethe. Thank you so much for your wonderful images, I’m sure our other blog readers will appreciate seeing them as much as we did! We’re glad you had such an enjoyable stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

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