The cape buffalo is one of the most highly valued and sought after representatives of the African wildlife. There are a couple of reasons for its popularity. The population of this species is quite numerous within the borders of its natural habitat, therefore, hunting expeditions for it are relatively less costly than for other species of the Big Five – elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinoceros.
I don’t care a damn about these people who can split a pea at three hundred yards”, old Phil Percival once remarked. What I want to know about a man is how good he is on a charging buffalo at six feet – says Harry Selby, one of the finest hunters on the Dark Continent, in an excellent Robert Ruark’s book titled Horn of the Hunter.
The buffalo is extremely dangerous. It attacks fast and unexpectedly, with great, unrestrained force. It can brilliantly take advantage of the opportunities that the difficult territory provides it with, remaining in hiding till the last moment. When it is in a bad mood, it becomes irritable and unpredictable – it can attack with no particular reason. When hunting for buffaloes, you may never know what to expect from them; that is why, you ought to be most vigilant. The buffalo, of all African animals, is the only one endowed with an inherent instinct, which makes it flee when wounded, misdirect the pursuit, lay on the ground in hiding, so as to attack from the wing later on. A lot of hunters have lost their lives in such a way.
Elephants have killed more people but their aggression can be easily dampened with lead. Wounded leopards have attacked more people but their attacks have seldom been deadly. The buffaloes are different. When stubbornly determined to act, they are vengeful in their nature and almost impossible to be discouraged even with heavy lead dosed in any parts of their bodies. One more thing – buffaloes live in large herds.
I don’t know what there is about buffalo that frightens me so. Lions and leopards and rhinos excite me but don’t frighten me. But that buff is so big and mean and ugly and hard to stop, and vindictive and cruel and surely and ornery. He looks like he hated you personally. He looks like you owe him money. He looks like he is hunting you. He makes me sick in the stomach, and he makes my hands sweat, and he dries out my throat and my lips – writes Robert Ruark.
The buffalo is an enormous beast from every point of view – its height, weight, or strength. Its height at the withers is between 1.5 and 1.8 metres. It has short legs and an enormously huge nape. Its dark brown skin is covered with black bristles. Its massive horns, which spread towards both sides in the shape of an arch, are divided in the middle to form a callus on a skull called a helmet. A good trophy measured in the spread of the horns falls between 100 and 120 centimetres (the current Rowland Ward record is 162.5 centimetres). Even four people are sometimes needed to deliver a hunted head to the camp.
That the African Cape buffalo is one of the toughest big game animals on earth wouldn’t be disputed with much vehemence by the majority of people who have hunted him. Up to two thousand pounds of five-o’clock-shadowed muscle with the temperament of a hung-over linebacker… You would have to go back to the age of the dinosaurs to find another animal so resistant to dying and, if necessary, so dedicated to taking you with him. If you wound a Cape Buffalo and he sees you, the inevitable result is quite simple: either you will kill him or he will kill you – tells another African legend, Peter Capstick.
Our exclusive offer is dedicated to hunters who want to experience the real Africa and face the legendary representative of the Big Five. We hunt in the Republic of South Africa, in the hunting grounds in the buffer zone of the Kruger National Park, which is one of the most famous areas of aboriginal Africa. Hunting farms which are located there rely on the unrestrained migration of animals across the border of the Park. Thanks to that, hunters are able to gain impressive trophies. Our hunting grounds cover the area of 4,500 hectares and guarantee the possibility of regular encounters with buffaloes of more than 40 inches in the spread with a perfectly calloused helmet – a dream hunting trophy.
Our clients have a choice of two types of hunting.
In the Republic of South Africa buffalo are bred on farms since a many years. The hunt takes place in accordance with the rules of the art of hunting, though locating the appropriate individual is easier than in the open bush. The advantage of farm hunting is an easy access to hunting grounds and comfortable accommodation.
Hunting takes 5 days. The package price – 10.000 USD per person for groups of 2 to 4 hunters – includes the costs of hunting under the supervision of a professional hunter in a 2×1 mode (2 hunters with 1 professional), field preparation of trophies (skins salted and dried, skulls boiled and bleached), accommodation and meals and travel from and to the airport and the camp.
Open bush hunting
Hunting in the wild open and huge areas allows to taste the safari in the old style. It is possible in a few countries in Africa where there are still large areas unaffected by man, where the animals live as it happened for millennia. The hunt allows to experience safari the Hemingway style. Getting to the hunting grounds usually takes a long time, and accommodation is unsophisticated. In return, the hunter gets a chance to experience a completely unique hunting in a totally wild environment, as well as tracking down a dream buffalo.
Hunting in Mozambique in the Zambezi Delta is without a doubt the best hunting buffalo in Africa. It takes place near the mouth of the Zambezi River to the Indian Ocean. The hinterland with inaccessible marshes is home to thousands of buffalo. They come out to graze on the grass growing on the banks of the river. During one trip a hunter can easily see several hundred buffalo.
Hunting takes 5 days. The package price – 15,000 per person for groups of 2 – includes the costs of hunting under the supervision of a professional hunter in a 2×1 mode (2 hunters with 1 professional), field preparation of trophies (skins salted and dried, skulls boiled and bleached), accommodation and meals and travel from the airport to the camp and back.
The prices do not cover international and local flights (the estimated cost of flights both ways is about 4000 PLN), assistance of a Polish guide, or other extra costs.