Bokkie is Afrikaans for "little buck" and it is used as a term of endearment for loved ones. The word is applied almost exclusively by South Africans … so to be granted Bokkie status you would need to be loved by a South African. And that would mean, let me tell you, that you would belong to a very exclusive club.

Bokkie is also, let us not forget, a name for a small antelope called the Springbok. It can spring 4m in the air as it ‘pronks’ and shows off, graceful and nimble when it runs. Watching this happening in large numbers is truly a wonderful sight, just one of the many beautiful scenes from Africa.

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