Restricted to the Southern African subregion, the nyala is found in Malawi , Mozambique , Natal and East Transvaal in South Africa , Swaziland and Zimbabwe (Wilson & Reeder, 1993; East, 1996). A first distribution map was obtained from Skinner & Smithers (1990), then adjusted in accordance with country maps in East (1989), as indicated by Dr. R. East’s personal suggestions (23 June ‘97). In Transvaal , Natal and Swaziland this species occurs widely on private land outside its natural range (Fig. 8.6.37.a).
Categorical-discrete (CD) distribution model
The species occurs in a mosaic of dense mopane thickets and more open woodlands, pans and scrubs. It is not present in the mountains (Kingdon, 1997; East, 1989).