With all the private game reserves springing up around the country, it’s possible to have free game drives in certain areas just by driving along side roads.
Around Grahamstown, just slow down and from the road you’ll often see warthogs, giraffe, red hartebeest, springbok and wildebeest going about their business on the other side of a game fence.
But I love the steenbok, which have always been roadside wanderers – sometimes to their detriment, unfortunately.
They’re often found close to human settlements, all over the country. You’ll find their neat little footprints on farms and open golf courses. You’ll often see them as you drive in the countryside, especially along dirt roads.
Small, brick-coloured antelope, you can distinguish them from the equally small duikers because steenbok will flash their white tail and underparts as they run.
Every animal has something to commend it, but the steenbok's outsize ears, big eyes and air of Bambi innocence just squeeze the heart.