The wildlife in South Africa is truly amazing. If you go on a safari, you will hear the term Big Five all the time. Cape Buffalo is part of the big five gang in Africa.
When we asked our guides, why the African Buffalo or the Cape Buffalo is the part of the Big 5 rather than the much larger hippo, we were told that it was not just size that determined the entry to the Big 5 club.
African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo
Big 5 is a traditional way to identify the 5 most dangerous animals in the bush. Cape Buffalo being one of the Big 5, the other 4 are lion, leopard, elephant and rhino. I have now seen 4 out of 5, the only elusive one is the Leopard. Maybe just maybe there is going to be a next time!
Even though the Hippo looks larger than the Cape Buffalo it is considered to be much more dangerous. Our guides liked them the least, saying they were mean and unpredictable. They could kill for no reason that is what our guides told us.
They also mentioned that the Cape Buffalo in the picture was an old one and he was probably discarded from the herd. Once a buffalo grows truly old the herd throws it out, as it is no longer useful. Rather they are a liability to the group. The animal kingdom has so many rules!
The guides said that some of the old ones then hang together as they have better chance of survival that way!
What I saw on this trip was amazing but I am sure there is so much more that is there to the South African wildlife safari. I hope I will get a chance to go back to South Africa and other parts of beautiful Africa. Let us see when that happens!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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