Satara Summer 2021 – Beware The Buffalo!

The grasslands of the central Kruger Park supports several very large herds of African Buffalo, as well as numerous old bulls relegated to solitary lives. Encounters with Buffaloes are always exciting, for even when they’re in the best of moods they still look at you as if you are overdue on money owed to them. Though this is mostly for show and probably as much to satisfy their curiosity as it is a threatening posture (we’ve rarely been charged by buffalo while in a vehicle), these powerful animals deserve their dangerous reputation and should be treated with respect.

17 thoughts on “Satara Summer 2021 – Beware The Buffalo!

  1. wetanddustyroads

    Jy’t ‘n lekker groot versameling foto’s hier! Hulle horings is nogal indrukwekkend! Ek hou van hoe jy hulle gesigsuitdrukkings beskryf 😁 … daardie laaste foto waar hy bietjie tande wys (al mag dit dalk soos ‘n glimlag lyk), sal my beslis op ‘n veilige afstand hou!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      That is very true, Anne. Especially the old bulls have a “wiseness” about them. In a place like Kruger where lions favour preying on buffalo getting to that old is quite a feat!

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  2. sustainabilitea

    Their horns are quite something and I really like the shot of all of them on the road, although that wouldn’t be so good if I were driving there. πŸ™‚ I think they just look completely bored except for those last two shots which made me laugh. The bored shots make me think of the expression of a supercilious old lady looking down her nose at someone she considers her inferior and drawling something along the the lines of “Reeeeally, my dear, that’s simply NOT done!.” (Without the horns, of course. πŸ™‚

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Find a herd occupying the road is very thrilling! Not a time to be in a hurry though.

      Don’t you imagine some of those grumpy old ladies have their horns hidden in their buns?

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  3. lois

    I had to laugh at your description of them, Dries–as if you are overdue on money owed to them–but I think you nailed it.
    I’ll let Dawn kiss their noses while Joubert snaps a photo!

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