Weighs up to 70 Kg and rams have a 950mm shoulder height. Ewes are smaller and only measure 800 mm at the shoulders and weigh about 51 Kg. Pelage is grey-brown with white underpants. Tail is bushy and white tipped. Distinctive black hairless glandular patch below the ears.
Only rams have horns of up to 450mm in length. Reedbuck have inguinal glands in the groin which secrete a waxy substance, rams have one pair and ewes sometimes two. These glands are related to territoriality.
This medium-sized antelope is found in small family units. When it runs it has a characteristic rocking gait, with tail up, and in the motion it shows the white underside. The Reedbuck is territorial. Ram partners defend the ranges of monogamous pairs against other rams. As ewes reach maturity they leave the family groups to form their own pair bonds.
Young rams are tolerated and may remain in the group until their third year of life. The Reedbuck is a close relative of the Mountain Reedbuck.
Today, the Reedbuck can be seen in the Kruger National Park, on the eastern shores of St.Lucia, in the Hluhluwe game reserve and a few other game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal.