Thinking about taking on a Cape Buffalo? Take our advice and think again. Hunters often consider the big bovines to present no great challenge, but it’s a mistake they make at their own peril. It’s estimated that around 200 people a year are gored, trampled and killed. Some suggest more big game hunters lose their lives to Cape Buffalo than to lions, tigers and other fearsome predators. They’re often nicknamed ‘Black Death’. It’s an appropriate moniker.
Found in sub-Saharan Africa, this is an immense beast indeed, weighing up to 900kg, with thick horns that often measure 100cm across. The Cape Buffalo isn’t tall and its legs are short, but don’t be deceived. Speed and power can always be called upon, an animal under attack stalking and circling its prey, before moving in for the kill. It’s no great surprise that bulls are often aggressive and always dangerous. Best given a wide berth.