The eland is a truly majestic creature. Weighing anything between 850 and a 1 000kg, it can reach the size of a buffalo. Despite its size, it is still an excellent jumper with the ability to jump up to two metres from a stationary position and three metres if it is running. The herds are nomadic and if there is not enough food they will leave their current locale in search for more food. Even at Inverdoorn, were they to encounter a shortage in food supply, they would jump the fence and leave the reserve.
In the rock art of the Bushmen (the indigenous people of South Africa) the eland is most prevalent and a bushman who cannot hunt cannot marry, as he is seen unfit to provide for a family. The eland is viewed as a prize catch in their culture.