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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby JustJuice » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:29 pm

I think last week a large herd of buffalo moved out of Kruger into Sabi Sands, I have seen massive herds of buffalo between the H4-2 and s28 as well there is ussually 500+ buffalo near the mlondozi picnic spot on the H10 :D

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Elsa » Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:55 am

We saw the same Buffalo herd that Saraf saw, previous page, just north of LS on the other side of the Sabie river and the day we were sitting watching them, something spooked them and the whole herd started running, creating a huge dust cloud over them and the whole area.
What an amazing sight. :D

We have also seen another really huge herd on the S28, it was difficult to judge how many animals there were but they were on either side of the road and deep into the bush for a good few kilometres.
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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:37 pm

tsetse vlieg wrote:I have heard of big herds of buf. in KNP. I've read about herds up to 600 head. Is it true? If yes, I would like to know we to look for them?

Like everything else tv, luck plays a big part.

I have seen many herds of 300+, in the following areas in the last 10 years or so

Pkop - Skuk tar road
At elephant waterhole
At Siliolweni dam (twice)
From Nkumbe view site
Near Muntshe
Near Muzanzeni
Crossing the H7 (twice)

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:28 pm

The biggest buffalo herd scientifically counted in the modern era, using helicopter slides studied under microscope during the annual census, was 1500 near Tshokwane in 1978! :shock:

The fact that they had to round it off despite all the technology tells you how difficult it must have been to count! 8)

SANPARKS said it seemed herds had joined into one, for some reason...

In general I would say your best chance of seeing "mega herds" would be the Tshokwane-Lower Sabie-Crocodile Bridge transect.

My own biggest herd that we could actually count reasonably well, was at Grootvlei Dam, Southeast of Shingwedzi, in July 1988.

They came down to drink in well-organised groups, and we counted 426, give or take a dozen or so! :wink:

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby prings » Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:47 am

I reported in our TR, September last year, of a 1000+ herd at the Mopani Camp turn off

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:06 am

Herd of 100-200 on S28

Herd of about 300 strong between Letaba and Olifants

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Hasco » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:31 pm

In September 2007 we came across a big herd near Nsemani(?) waterhole. It was really amazing how many buffaloes kept popping out the bushes. All those different shades of brown and black really made a beautiful mosaic.


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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Luren » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:07 pm

Hi all
we have twice seen large buffalo herds around Satara- each of about 500-600
This June we saw 500+ along S28.
Brilliant sight!
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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby RosemaryH » Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:24 am

This was a herd we saw at The Hippo Pools in July....look carefully and you'll see some lions that we were watching before the dust cloud formed and the buff emerged. Was an awesome 2hrs we spent at Hippo Pools....a lot of interaction and later an elephant came down to drink while both lion and buff were still milling around.

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Donny » Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:21 pm

Being in the middle of a "mega-herd" can be an awesome experience !

I had the opportunity of seeing one of those in August 2007.This was on the H1-4 between Satara-Olifants.

In my estimation there must have been close to 800 buffalo. They were crossing the road from the west side and were headed towards the Ngotso Dam.As is typical with your best sightings, it was coming on close to the time when I needed to be back at camp. Spent the hour between 5-6pm witnessing this spectacle.

A memory that will stay with me for a long time.

Some great sightings my on this thread. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:53 pm

In 2006, along the Mahonie Loop by Punda.....We watched a heard come over a hill for 3 hours....I stopped counting/guess-timating at over 800 :shock: I've got some photos, to put up when Photo bucket decides to work......I spoke to one of the camp managers, and there Is supposedly a heard of 900+ that moves between Punda and Shingwetsi.......The heard we saw, most probably being that one :D

Often seen heards around 100 up to maybe 300/400 strong.....But this was something special, our car was swamped with Wild Cows, as they came to drink at the smallest of rain puddles right next to the road!!! :D
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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby ruud » Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:54 am

Around Shingwedzi we've seen several times big big herds of buff's. Once maybe more than 1000. That was really a great sighting. They crossed the mainroad and I can tell you... we had to wait a long time because as usual they were not in a hurry. But last week we were on the road between Lower Sabie and Skukuza when 2 buff's came out of the bush and crossed the road to the river. As a joke a said to my wife "I hope it not a herd of 1000 buff's"..... :wink:
But we stopped counting. It must be 6 or 700 or maybe more. It is so difficult to guess howmany buffalo's crossed the road. It was very impressive :cam:

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:58 am

This herd seen near Kanniedood dam 2 weeks ago .
There were many more out of the line of sight .

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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:06 pm

That IS a big herd Ndloti!
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Re: Big buffalo herds

Unread postby tsetse vlieg » Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:53 am

Hi everyone
Thanx for all the info on the buffs. I just came back from 5days at tsendze,what a jol. We saw a herd of 300-350 buffs at middel vlei waterhole what a sight (but still looking for a 600+ herd)
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