I had heard that about waterbuck actually. I am unsure how my first zebra sighting would go. I guess with the cash in pocket it could very well be a crapshoot. If money was no object to speak of, I would love to shoot a Lechwe.I would bet guys going over zebra is a 50/50 with most but that goes up to 80/20 once guys see them but I do know guys who will not hunt one. I love hunting zebras myself.
I think a mtn reed buck for your first time is a better value then a vallie. As for nyala not sure how much free range nyala they have compared to natal but not a value target for first time on a budget.
I did forget one of my favorites and they take some good ones down in the cape. Waterbucks are a fun hunt and they are just great animals.