"One of the easiest places to spot a Damara dikdik" Waterberg Platopark Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

Waterberg Platopark Things to Do: 10 reviews and 12 photos

  Damara dik dik - Namibia
by CatherineReichardt

For fear of alliterating beyond your tolerance levels, the diminutive Damara dik dik is a dinky little darling ... and the smallest buck (antelope) in Southern Africa.

Because of their tiny stature (40cm at the shoulder and only about 5kg in weight) and furtive nature, they are often hard to spot in the open. However, they seem to have become unusually habituated to humans at the lovely Bernabe de la Bat camp at the Waterberg, and if you're lucky (and quiet), you'll come across one tiptoeing daintily through the camp.

Dikdiks can easily be mistaken for other small antelope such as steenbok, but are distinguished because of their smaller size and more elongate muzzle. The dark patch at the lower end of the eye is a scent gland used to mark territory - they may be small, but they're
highly territorial.

Unlike many other buck, dikdiks mate for life, and males (such as the one in picture) are recognised by their tiny pronglike horns.

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2011
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