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 Post subject: Buffalo Charges
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:04 pm 
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Hi All, I have heard countless accounts of people being charged by buffalo :big_eyes: , but has anyone actually been hit / hurt by one? Never waited around after reversing for kms to find out what would happen. Aslo is it true that the buffalo is the only one of the big 5 that does not "mock" charge, they say if it comes you run ?

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo Charges
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Plus minus 2 years ago, two families (husbands and wifes) were on a day trail in Mountain Zebra Park Cradock. The buffalo charged and the one husband was fatally injured. The park has since made arrangements for a guard with a gun to accompany people


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:20 pm 
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I thought you would like to read this article on an attach this week by a buffalo.

http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/co ... by-buffalo

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo Charges
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Jock, thank you for that info as well - I really do not want to know about walking trails or people on foot - I would like to know about the car waiting for a 200+ strong herd crossing the road and one rogue bull starts charging at the car - I have been charged by one in my vehicle near Croc Bridge on a dirt road - I came up to a hairpin bend in the road and could see a lot of buffalo at the bend, but I could not see if they were in the road around the bend at all, so I inched closer - I am talking still about 20 metres away, when I suddenly heard snorting and a buffalo came charging at us from behind a bush - did not even know he was there - I managed to reverse fast enough and turn around - So what I actually want to know is , if I stayed stationery would he have continued charging at my car and has this happened to anyone ?

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo Charges
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I read on this forum about 3 yrs ago of an apparently docile buffalo colliding with a Sanparks game viewing vehicle when a part of the widespread heard were frightened for an unknown reason .
I suspect most buffalo collisions with a vehicle would be as a result of the animal fleeing due to being frightened as herd buffalo are not aggressive towards people on foot , though single males and old males in small groups are .

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo Charges
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An interesting topic and I remembered a thin book I have written by an early explorer / cine photographer of the park C P De Leeuw Beyers. After scratching around I found this book and in it is a story of a motorist in the early sixties whose small car was attacked by a buffalo bull on the then main road from Malelane to Skukuza (now the S114). The story goes that there was a herd of buffalo and the motorist stopped to watch them when a bull came running out of the bushes and hit the car door and then ran off. The incident was reported to the rangers at Skukuza.
Apart from this story there are several other stories with photographs of kills, the death of the Skukuza Postmaster who went fishing in the Sabie river and was killed by a crocodile etc.

I bought three of his books in the early seventies and they make interesting reading. However I can only find two of these books. Maybe some other forumite also has access to these books.

In my own experience I have not been charged by any buffalo and I have always felt at ease with them whilst in the confines of my vehicle.

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Never had any problem with them in a herd. Had one lonely bull charge but I got away long before he reached the road.
I normaly drive through a herd if it takes too long for them to cross. No problems. They will come closer to have a sniff but I normaly don't take that change.

A big heard might be a problem if lions approach from the other side. They don't run around bushes, they go straight through them. Will probably try the same with a vehicle.


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo Charges
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We have never had a charge, but we have had a large male buffalo in a herd, walking toward us very purposefully!!! :shock: :shock:

We reversed slowly, in case he charged, but eventually after the main herd had gone off into the bush, the large male followed them. :)

It seemed to us as though he was protecting the herd, although of course, I may be completely wrong in thinking this!! :redface: :redface:


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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo Charges
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Buffalo in big herds are very docile during the day. It is a great experience to park in the middle of the heard and allow them to walk past you on all sides.

At night, and a small bachelor group ... it might be wise to give them some space.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Hi 100ponder, I stayed at Satara for a week in May this year and did not see too many buffalos on our visit to Bangu and Balule area. However this is not usually the case when I travel that area.
In March 2010 I came across a nice herd of buffalo just north of Bangu. Here is a pic of one of the bulls of the herd.

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This next bull was also seen in March 2010 on the S90 south of Bangu
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I will be staying at Balule and Satara in Sept this year and hope to come across some more fine buffalo bulls. I will let you know if I am successful.

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Nice buff you saw !

42 - 45 incher I would say.

Also, look right above his hump, there is a you bull in the back ground with LOTS of potential !
[ Deep sweeping curl already hanging low down the sides of his head ]


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PS :- You 2nd bull has a HUGE boss.


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Gerrie, nobody else has responded to your request so I thought I would post another photo. This bull was photographed near Talamati in November 2010. This herd had several nice looking bulls but this one stood out for his shear body size. His horns are not the largest but he was big. Unfortunately he was standing on his own and therefor not possible to compare size with another bull.

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Amazing ADW :clap: :clap:
I love bif impressive Buffs :dance:
Don't have my photobucket open now, but will post sometime :thumbs_up:
Have you seen the picture at the satara reception? A buff with the longest horns I've ever seen :shock:
Perhaps buffs with extremely long horns should have a similar status to tuskers??

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
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Thanks Cheetah2111. Yes I have seen the photo of the Buffalo in Satara reception. Amazing set of horns but not a classic set but rather a freak set!
I have come across a few bulls with impressive horns that I have seen a couple of times, but I do not know how practical it will be to keep a record of and naming of individual bulls with impressive horns.
Like this bull below, I have seen him a couple of times in the Satara area. His boss is not very thick but his horns are loooong.

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 Post subject: Re: Buffalo
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:17 pm 
Carramba, adw!
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