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The Big 5: Cape Buffalo

Southern Sky Adventures: The Big 5: Cape Buffalo

When you start researching your African Safari, the term “Big 5″ often comes up. The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters and quickly became known as the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot, and the name stuck – although now ‘shooting’ is done through a camera lens. So the Big 5 are not called the Big 5 because of their size! The Big 5 are five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino.

As during the bygone hunting era the term “Big Five” still conjures up the romance and excitement of Africa’s exotic destinations and experiences. Images will begin playing in your mind: lions roaring; elephants trumpeting; buffaloes lurking in long grass; rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree; leopards prowling in the gathering darkness.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Many travellers regard a visit to Africa as incomplete without having spotted, and perhaps photographed, the Big Five – legends of the wilderness which have become synonymous with Africa. According to Wikipedia, Countries where all the members of the big five can be found include Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Richard has compiled a list of facts about each of the Big 5 that he personally found fascinating whilst on safari in Africa.  In this post Richard shares his favorite fast facts about the Cape Buffalo which is also known as the African Buffalo. Don’t be fooled by the docile appearance of the Cape buffalo – this mean, moody and magnificent animal is possibly the most dangerous of the Big Five, especially if you are on foot.


Richard has more than 12 years of personal travel in Africa, in addition to guiding and planning trips and itineraries for his clients. He has seen and experienced most of Southern and East Africa and is continuously staying up to date and researching the latest news, lodges, accommodation and travel logistics. If you need advice or a chat….. just ASK RICHARD!

The video below is one of the most famous eyewitness video’s ever captured, featuring African wildlife.  Known as “Battle of the Kruger” – this shows a battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Africa… In Your Wildest Dreams.

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