Everything you need to know about Cape Buffalo on safari
Cape buffalo can be somewhat overlooked on safaris as wildlife enthusiasts seek out the big cats and majestic elephants during game drives. However, a sighting of a large herd of buffalo can be just as exciting, if not more so. Despite being herbivorous, buffalo work as a group to protect their young and aren’t afraid of using their strong bulk and prominent horns to fight off predators attempting to attack. In the famed “Battle at Kruger” a buffalo calf was saved by its herd when attacked by not only a lion but a crocodile as well!
Buffalo aren’t known to be territorial and the matriarchal females decide the direction the herd will travel during rest periods and will then be followed by the group. The herd interactions can be interesting and calves and males will sometimes spar as part of play.
Seeing a buffalo herd ward off a hungry lioness on the prowl is an unforgettable experience.