The Best Cape Buffalo Hunts
Now is the time to hunt Cape Buffalo! Six or seven years ago, Cape Buffalo hunts were easily $21-$25K. Now, with the South African Rand at around 12-1 to the U.S. dollar, you can hunt them at a fraction of the cost.
As a member of the Big Five, they are one of the most sought after big game animals on the planet. Part of their appeal is also that they’re one of the most dangerous. Easy to anger and hard to kill, sometimes referred to as “Black Death,” they have killed many big game hunters. Cape Buffalo can stand up to 5 feet 6 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 2000 lbs. They are most dangerous when wounded or when one of their calves are in danger. Your average shooting distance is between 20-60 yards, so if you make a bad shot….. maybe consider running! An angry or wounded buffalo often circles and stalks its prey. It can rip apart its opponent with its nasty, massive horns. They commonly engage in mobbing behavior when fighting off predators, so use caution when stalking to not get caught in the middle of a herd. Able to run at speeds at up to 33 miles per hour, don’t count on “shank’s mare” to escape from an enraged Cape Buffalo.
Make sure you carry a big gun (.375 H&H minimum), and have at least 15 rounds on your person.
Travel light, don’t wear white. I recommend two pairs of shorts, two pants, two each of long and short sleeved shirts, 4 sets of underwear (six if you scare easily), six pairs of socks, two pairs of hunting boots with rubber soles, and a good wide-brimmed hat. You’ll want a fleece or sweater and a windbreaker for the back of the safari vehicle. A good layering system is ideal because of temperature fluctuations. A light hunting jacket, a light down jacket, a wool sweater, a light rain jacket, and a pair of gloves come in handy. Also quality optics are mandatory.
They aren’t particular hard to score. A good buff is an old buff, but maybe you’re looking for a wide buff, or maybe one with big bosses. You might be looking for one that hooks way back, or one with deep drops. It might be an old scarred up, ripped eared, busted horn tips, battle hardened warrior that gets you going. For many it’s about the experience, of a good, tough hunt against a worthy adversary.
If it’s an adventure you are seeking, we’ve got some of the best Cape Buffalo hunts in Africa. Bring a friend; or a few,friends, and a good camera. Check out some plains game while you’re there, and hunt more than you planned for it’s Africa; everybody does it. We’re looking forward to helping you on your next adventure!
by Casey Jensen