The Cape Buffalo is the most affordable of Africa's dangerous 7 and more people will become addicted to this African hunt than any other. Without a doubt it is the best adrenalin kicking safari you can have in Africa especially if you hunt one of the ”classical countries” and spend days tracking the bad tempered old dagga boys in dense bush or long grass. Despite their fearsome reputation, a good shot from a good rifle will humble most BUT if you do wound your target then be warned, you are dealing with one of Africa's most dangerous and vindictive animals.
Buffalo are generally hunted on foot (this is what makes this hunt so exciting), picking up and following fresh spoor at waterhole's or across roads. Older bulls tend to separate from the herds and are solitary or form small bachelor groups often called Kakulis or dagga boys.
Buffalo hunting and their dangerous nature when wounded has been documented by all the great white hunters and on various video footage. DO NOT BE FOOLED - each situation is unique and buffalo are one of the most dangerous animals when wounded. Despite their size they are extremely quick and cunning blending in well with there surroundings, as they remain absolutely still until one is right upon them.
Buffalo are thick-skinned animals and the minimum caliber is the .375 Magnum. with Buffalo you can never have too much gun. If you can afford it a well oiled gleaming double rifle packing 500 grains of lead is you preferred choice.
Most PHs swear by the .375 Magnum as a starting point, with the .416s & .458s being a good compromise on price and power. Some hunters will load a soft-nosed round for the first shot, followed by solids as the animal moves off. Remember, you want to do as much damage as possible with your first shot and heavy grained, good quality soft-nosed bullets are essential.
Trophy judgment on buffalo is quite easy but remains an individual choice. Old lone bulls usually have worn down horns with characteristic gnarled bosses. The sheer menace and presence of these bad-tempered old boys makes for an excellent hunt and well-deserved trophy.
Buffalo hunting in Mozambique is available at reasonable rates and some decent trophies have been taken. Mozambique is fast becoming one of the hottest classical hunting destinations on the continent and they do have some excellent buffalo hunting concessions. The quality and number of buffalo are very much dependent upon the different concessions and time of year. We conduct our buffalo hunts in concessions close to , and on the shores of lake Cahora Bassa best time of season to hunt buffalos here is around June till September.
In Namibia we hunt in the Caprivi strip, these buffalo hunts can be very demanding, or sometimes very easy, depending on time of year, luck, area, etc. The better months to hunt them are generally from July to end September, with October and November also being good times in some areas, but much hotter during the day. It involves a lot of walks through water, which in turn is quite refreshing. By spending enough time in the area, you will visually spot a bull and have a stalk opportunity.
In South Africa things are a little different. Buffalo often carry bovine tuberculosis which severely effects livestock. There is a border line which has been drawn to prevent this spread of infection - called the Red Line - SOUTH of which no infected buffalo are allowed exists. So if you are hunting a buffalo south of this line it means the buffalo has been through a quarantine process and is likely to be expensive. Buffalo are most commonly hunted on private concessions and there are some massive bulls around. We also have limited tags for the greater Kruger area, these areas include the Timbavati and Umbabat which are open to Kruger National Park and are well know for excellent buffalo hunting.