"Buffalo" Big 5 Tip by mvtouring

Big 5, Kruger National Park: 42 reviews and 66 photos

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Vital statistics

Average mass 600 kg
Shoulder height 1,5 m
Their massive horns rarely intact, can reach 1,2 m.
Gestation 330 days bearing 1 calf.
It is estimated there are ........ in the Kruger Park.

Notes of Interest

A grazer preferably, but also browses on shoots, twigs and bushes.

They carry their heads lower than the top of their shoulders. Their horns are very thick at the base with close ridges, almost meeting in the middle.

These massive animals are nonetheless shy creatures and congregate in herds which can number up to 3000. If disturbed they will race to rejoin their herd which can stampede easily in unexpected directions.

Buffalo prefer their haunts to be in the vicinity of water with a profusion of red and ample grass-covered grazing and like to have trees and bush nearby to rest in shade and chew the cud.

They are fond of taking mud-baths and in hot weather drink water twice a day

They are inquisitive but with fair sight and medium hearing, individuals may break away from the herd to examine vehicles more closely.

They have the reputation of being the most dangerous animal to hunt. When wounded they circle and stalk their hunters. A charge head-on is almost impossible to stop at short range.

Within a herd there is a linear hierarchy amongst the bulls. Bulls rarely fight to establish dominance but adopt a threatening stance lifting his head high and expecting submission from other bulls demonstrated by lowering their heads.

The great herds of buffalo were decimated by the rinderpest in 1896 and only about a dozen were left over in the area of the present Kruger Park.

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  • Written Oct 11, 2004
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