Buffalo thrive at Londolozi. It is always exciting to sit amidst a large herd of buffalo, staring in awe at the sheer abundance, size and behaviour. There is never a dull moment in a herd like this and it enables plenty of opportunity to sit back relax and soak in raw Africa! I thought I would just put up a few pictures and twin them with a couple of facts…just for facts sake.
Cape Buffalo need to drink every day. They weigh anything between 400 and 900 kg, and can live up to 25 years.
Buffalo are capable swimmers and often cross deep water in search of better grazing.
By living in large herds and eating tall coarse grasses, Cape Buffalo play a vital role in the ecology of the grasslands. Many of the smaller grazers are unable to digest the tall grasses, and the tall grasses may prevent them from getting to the shorter, more palatable grasses in the absence of Buffalo.
Buffalo are non-territorial and extremely sociable animals, living in large mixed herds (having up to 1500 animals). These herds will consist of largely females, their young, and then a number of dominant bulls.
The hide on a Buffalo bull’s neck is as thick as 2 inches in places; which protects it during battles with other bulls for dominance.
It is thought that the lighter coloured skin of the calves helps in camouflage. At Londolozi we regularly see lion, and in fact leopard, target these small Buffalo.
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister