Antelope & Buffalo .

The Cape Buffalo is one of the Big Five the others being Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion and Leopard. I was lucky enough to see three of them missing out on the Rhinoceros and Leopard.

The Cape Buffalo is an extremely dangerous animal. There is those who say it kills more humans than any other of the Big Five, others say it’s the Hippo. They are very unpredictable and prone to charge without warning and have been known to ambush hunters. When you look in their eyes they do have that wicked look.

I saw many Antelope in particular the Impala. The joke is that the Impala is the largest free walking advertising billboard that McDonald’s could ever have wished for. Check the rump and it’s distinctive markings.

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17 thoughts on “Antelope & Buffalo .”

  1. I see what you mean Toc, you wouldn’t really want to get up close and stroke them would you.

    Another lovely group of pics, I’m amazed at your accuracy and position, I assume you were in a stationary vehicle Toc….or did you just lean your bike against a tree while you took them 🙂

  2. Thanks Val. We moved around the safari park in these. It was really down the the safari guide to locate the game and try to put you into a position to take the picture. They are first class and know the animals and all the fauna. There are many safari vehicles in the park and they maintain radio contact. If any one vehicle spots anything the others will then converge on that spot. Moving at high speed over rough terrain is not the most comfortable experience. It’s known as ‘The Botswana Massage’ for that very reason.

  3. Hi, toc. Great photos, many of which you could probably enter for OZ’s photographic competition, given his chosen theme. Are the non-impala, non-buffalo ones young or female kudu? They look kuduish to me, apart from the horns.

    But, you should have gone to Kruger for the Big Five. Mrs M and her cousin’s husband got all five on the first day. Cousin and I, on the wrong side of the car, missed the leopard bursting out of the undergrowth chasing down its prey. By the time we looked across, it had vanished back into said undergrowth again, still on the chase.

    Didn’t see my own leopard until Day 3.

    Kruger was totally memorable. This was my first picture on Day 2 and one of my favourites.

    Triumphed on the last day when I was the first to spot an animal which neither cousin or husband had seen on any of their many previous visits. Incredibly rare to see them in daylight apparently.

  4. Great pic’s John. One of the other vehicles spotted a Honey badger. I would have loved to have been able to replace my avatar with a pic of one I had taken myself. To answer your question, Eland I think. If I’m fit enough (a year is a long time) we will be back in Africa next year.

  5. Hi Boa,

    Thank you. It is only because (on my part) of you and Bearsy that I was able to add the picture in the comment. That was a great help. I have yet to play around with the niceties of the slideshow but I will get there. One thing that I have learned through doing this post is that had I taken the time to put the images into the media library first, the post/slideshow would have looked more as I wanted it to.

    🙂

  6. Nice pics Toc. If I am not mistaken, those other antelope are Nyala. They are similar to Kudu but smaller and not as widespread.

  7. Tocino:

    One thing that I have learned through doing this post is that had I taken the time to put the images into the media library first, the post/slideshow would have looked more as I wanted it to.

    It would have made absolutely no difference whatsoever. A slideshow is a slideshow is a… 🙂

    What did you want to do different?

  8. Sipu :

    Nice pics Toc. If I am not mistaken, those other antelope are Nyala. They are similar to Kudu but smaller and not as widespread.

    Could be Sipu. My memory bank is blank at the mo’.

  9. Hiya Toc – Great photos. Are Cape Buffalo the same as Water Buffalo? I’ve eaten the latter many times in Mozambique (extremely tasty they are too, but even I couldn’t manage a whole one) in addition to a wide meaty range of antelope in other parts of Africa.

    OZ

  10. Best answer here OZ:-

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_buffalo

    “The African buffalo, affalo, nyathi or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovine. It is not closely related to the slightly larger wild Asian water buffalo, but its ancestry remains unclear. Owing to its unpredictable nature which makes it highly dangerous to humans, it has not been domesticated, unlike its Asian counterpart, the domestic Asian water buffalo.”

    Would any in these pic’s tickle the taste buds of a Wolf?

  11. Toc, I was being modest. They are Nyala.

    OZ, no, Cape Buffalo are very different from Water Buffalo. The former have never been domesticated and are extremely dangerous. A cousin of mine was killed by one up in Kenya. He made the classic mistake of not killing it with his first shot. The buffalo ambushed him as he and his hunting guide were tracking it. He was gored to death. Personally, I am not into big game hunting, but there is a very strong case for it in that conservation is greatly improved where hunting is properly licensed and managed.

  12. Cheers Sipu. As a matter of interest, what would you say is the best for game viewing, Botswana and Zambia or the Kruger?

  13. Toc @ 12. Would any in these pic’s tickle the taste buds of a Wolf? Might do. I couldn’t possibly comment – at least until after the Photo Comp closing date on 24th Jan. 🙂

    Sipu – Thanks for the update. I too thoroughly disapprove of “big game trophy” hunting for its own sake, but culling for lunch and dinner or for conservation purposes is just fine by me as you might expect. I might give those Cape Buffalo a wide berth, though.

    OZ

  14. tocino :

    Cheers Sipu. As a matter of interest, what would you say is the best for game viewing, Botswana and Zambia or the Kruger?

    I love Zimbabwe, naturally, but people tell me that Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is very good, though I have never been there. The conservationist and artist, David Shepherd, said it was his favourite spot in Africa. The truth is I do not know. My problem with Kruger is that its a bit formal. I was in Amboselli in Kenya a few years ago, while that place is spectacular, there were far too many safari vehicles for my liking. In Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, you are allowed to camp, at designated camp sites, which are open to the animals. You get really close to nature as I can attest to. I have woken up in the middle of the night, with elephants standing over me. The downside of that is that you can get eaten by lions, as happened a few months ago to the friend of some friends of mine.

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