Nile, water and cape buffalo are all monster-sized game, packed with enough meat and muscle to stop a train.
Weighing over 700 kilos in maturity, young buffalo are the prized meal for lions. Be prepared, where there is buffalo, there will be lions!
Overall the hunt is very tactical: glassing, advancing, glassing, advancing. Repeat. Many find success at the watering hole, as buffalo generally pause and rehydrate normally once a day at a local oasis. However, buffalo are prey to many aggressive predators including lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, the nomadic herds are extremely cautious, particularly at watering holes, and pick up on hunting parties from far away distances.
Both sexes of both the nile and cape buffalo boldly carry stunning horns infused with bone shields, called “bosses” where the left and right horn simultaneously form a wide plate to connect the two horns together across their foreheads. Bulls have especially developed bosses where as in cows, or females they are less prominent.
Nile buffalo are however smaller, weighing in typically 50 kilos lighter than their relative, the cape buffalo. Water buffalo, native to Asia but found throughout the world is completely unlike nile and cape buffalo in ancestry but offers a striking resemblance when hunted for in the wild.