Hunting Cape Buffalo

A Cape Buffalo hunt is the most exciting of African dangerous game hunts but one to be approached with caution and careful planning.
Hunting Buffalo in South Africa

A cape buffalo hunt in South Africa is one to be approached with caution and careful planning. Cape buffalo are regarded as one of the most dangerous of Africa’s Big Five and responsible for the highest number of deaths among professional hunters. Unprovoked charges are common. Unlike the elephant that will often mock charge with ears flapping, a buffalo charge is a thing of conviction that needs to be stopped dead in its tracks.

Found throughout southern Africa, buffalo are well adapted mixed feeders. They prefer the cover of bush during the warmer parts of the days. In the early morning and late afternoon, they’ll graze in the more open areas.

Both sexes carry horns. Trophy cape buffalo bulls have thick bosses above their forehead and generally the spread of their horns are wider. Trophy buffalo bulls have hard bosses. Bosses turn hard from 7 years of age. This is always the first criteria to consider when hunting cape buffalo. The slip dividing their horns between the bosses should be hard to the touch. “Dagga boys” as old buffalo bulls are referred to in African hunting terms, develop a skin condition when they lose hair on their back and rump. “Dagga” means mud in English and refers to the mud that old buffalo bulls roll in to protect these bare patches of skin from the sun.

Buffalo hunting in South Africa is often done by tracking spoor. Spot and stalk is possible if the terrain allows for it. A minimum caliber of .375 is legally required when hunting dangerous game in Africa. Past buffalo hunters would load a soft point as their first bullet and have solids in the magazine for follow up shots. Modern bullets however are far more robust, and well bonded soft points or monolithic bullets will suffice on their own. Hunting cape buffalo is highly addictive and your first buffalo hunt probably won’t be your last!

Spec Sheet
Scientific Name : Syncerus Caffer
Weight : 800kg (m), 750 kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 1.4 m (m), 1.3m (f)
Breeding Season : Year round
Minimum Calibre : .375