Springbok are a small antelope that stand between 29 - 35 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 66 - 105 lbs. The common Springbok is reddish brown in color with a pale underside. On each of their flanks, they have a dark brown stripe that separates their brown upper parts from their underside. Their head is white, and they have a dark brown stripe that runs from each eye down to their upper lip. They have a pocket-like skin flap that runs from the middle of their back to their tail. When they are excited or frightened, they can lift this flap which makes the white hairs underneath stand up in a conspicuous crest that acts as a warning to other Springbok.
Springbok have ringed, curved, black lyre-shaped horns, which are parallel to the base, project upwards and slightly backward, and turn sharply towards each other at the tips, forming two hooks. That are present in both males and females, but females have shorter, thinner horns.
There are three color varieties of the common springbok namely, the white, black and copper. None of these varieties have been recognized as subspecies and are regarded as color varieties.