This antelope is the largest, heaviest, and most colourful African forest antelope. When staying at our camps, you might be fortunate enough to glimpse the Lowland/Western Bongo.
It has an auburn or chestnut coat with 10 to 15 vertical whitish-yellow stripes running down its sides. Females are usually more brightly coloured than males. Both males and females have spiralled lyre-shaped horns. The large ears are believed to sharpen hearing, and the distinctive colouration may help bongos identify one another in their dark forest habitats. They have no special secretion glands and so rely less on scent to find one another than do other similar antelopes.