Scientific name:

Syncerus caffer

 

What makes it special:

Many Americans call the bison for buffalo, which is a common mistake, usually not made by hunters, but we wouldn’t want anyone buying the wrong hunt.

 

Recommended caliber:

We recommend a .375 H&H. It is accurate and most hunters can shoot it with relative ease.

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Also known as The Black Death or The Widow Maker, this species is considered the most dangerous of the Big 5, every year they kill more than 200 people. The African buffalo is a large bovine, but it’s not related to domestic cow in any way. The Horns are carried by both genders and are very characteristic, but it is only the bull that has a boss, which is the heavy part of the horn that rests on the animal’s head. Even a rifle bullet cannot always penetrate this. It takes between five and six years for the young bull’s horns and boss to fully form.

 

Hunting method

The cape buffalo hunting, are usually hunted on foot, picking up and following fresh spoor at waterholes or across roads. Older bulls often separate from the herds and form small bachelor groups and are then referred to as “Dagga boys” (Mud boys).

 

When pursued and wounded they will stare in your direction before finally running off uttering grunts. They charge head-on and are difficult to stop at short range. Despite their size they are extremely quick and cunning at camouflage, as they remain absolutely still until one is right upon them.

 

It’s very important to get a well-placed shot. However sometimes even with a well-placed initial shot, as soon as it is wounded and its adrenalin is flowing, it can be incredibly difficult to bring down. To prepare for this, try to focus on shot placement as well as choice of rifle and bullets, and trust the judgment of your Professional Hunter. 

 

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Know the animal

Appearance

It’s a large and robust animal with a long but stocky body and short but thickset legs, resulting in a relatively short standing height.

 

Habitat

Floodplains and swamps is the primary habitat together with forest and mopane grasslands. It prefers places with dense cover, however open woodland is the place they often find their food. They require access to water on a daily basis.

 

Diet

Grazer, but occasionally browses on shoots, twigs and bushes. Dependent on water; therefore limited in distribution by availability of water.

 

Predators

Lions, typically hunting in packs to bring it down. The buffalo can, however, sometimes defend itself against and even kill a lion. Crocodiles are also known to be a predator, but primarily to the old and weak ones. Cheetah, leopard and hyenas might attack the young ones, hyenas sometimes even a fully-grown.

 

Life cycle

Cows can calve when they are five years old. The gestation period is almost a year. Newborns are hidden in vegetation for a couple of weeks being nursed by their mother before joining the herd. The cow and her offspring has close bonds but only until new calves are born, then the previous are send away by force with the horns.

 

Behavior

Gregarious, shy creatures with fair sight and a good sense of smell. The size of the herds is highly variable. The bull with the largest horns leads the herd. 

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Animal Facts

Weight and size:

Weight: 500 to 900 kg (1,100 to 2,000 lb)

Shoulder height: 1 to 1.7 m (3.3 to 5.6 ft)

Head and body length: 1.7 to 3.4 m (5.6 to 11.2 ft)

Tail: 70 to 110 cm (28 to 43 in)

 

Habitat

They prefer places with dense cover but they are also found in e.g. open woodland savannah with an abundance of suitable grass.

 

Diet

Grazer, occasionally browses on shoots, twigs and bushes.

 

Predators

Lions and crocodiles and for the younger animals also cheetah, leopard and hyenas.

 

Life cycle

Becomes up to 18 years old.

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