Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

Buffalo are one of the “Big Five” species, a vestige of the hunting era. Aptly named for being among the most deadly and difficult animals to hunt, they remain a formidable foe to their natural predators, lions. Their protective instincts and bravery make buffalo an interesting species to observe. Fortunately, buffalo are present in most major quality parks and reserves, so opportunities to see them are usually a part of an itinerary without much special planning. Large congregations typically occur during dry season conditions, and in Botswana they may disappear into the mopane woodlands for long periods of time during the rainy season.

Cape Buffalo Itineraries

Big Five of Southern Africa

From $7,995 per person Southern Africa is an incredibly diverse region with varying weather, landscapes, cultures, and wildlife. This itinerary covers three major highlights of Southern Africa: The Greater Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta.

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Essential Tanzania: Best of Wildlife and Ancient Culture (Origins Collection)

From $3,595 per person Our Essential Tanzania Adventure brings you the best when it comes to safari - outstanding wildlife viewing in the Serengeti; the awe of exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater; an authentic deep-dive into local culture and ancient history with visits to a Maasai village and the Olduvai Gorge; and top-notch guiding with your elite, naturalist guide from The Wild Source.

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Botswana Elephant Safari

From $8,125 per person This elephant-focused safari takes you to some of the best locations in all of Africa for seeing and interacting with elephants.

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Ultimate Uganda

From $9,775 per person This safari has been custom designed to provide an in-depth adventure in Uganda featuring some of the most intimate and immersive experiences on the continent – primate trekking.

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Zambia Walking and Waterways Safari

From $8,395 per person Zambian safaris are distinguished by the vintage expedition-style adventure delivered under the care of exceptional guides in remote wilderness areas teeming with wildlife.

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Kenya Luxury For Less

From $9,995 per person This safari includes some of our favorite unique Kenyan accommodations and a huge variety of activities, all for an incredible discount- over 40% off of the high season rate.

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Wild Kenya: Big Cats and Biodiversity in the Mara

From $3,995 per person Kenya is the original safari country and still delivers the classic game viewing experience. Featuring the Masai Mara Reserve, which is quite likely the most productive wildlife viewing area in all of Africa, this is a superb location for serious game viewing and photography.

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Ultimate Predators of Botswana

From $7,650 per person This safari includes our favorite private concession areas which have proven to provide exceptional opportunities to view Botswana's iconic predator species including lion, leopard, cheetah, and wild dog.

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Best Places to See Cape Buffalo

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Cape Buffalo in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
While buffalo may be found in most areas, there are still places that stand out for offering a unique, high quality opportunity. For sheer numbers, Katavi National Park in Tanzania has numerous herds topping 1,000 individuals with some reported to be the largest in all of Africa at 3,000.
We also recommend Duba Plains in Botswana’s dry season months as virtually the entire experience focuses on lion-buffalo interaction. At Duba the lions tend to hunt buffalo during daylight hours and thus the focus on game drives is to find the buffalo herd (can number around 1,000 individuals) and wait for the lions to show.
This gives the rare opportunity for lengthy viewing of buffalo, as well as potential for exciting interaction between an aggressive prey species and the apex predator.

Other Areas of Note

Major national parks offer high-quality viewing of Cape buffalo. In the parks, the buffalo tend to be very habituated, which allows for close-up viewing. The Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park and South Luangwa National Park are just a few of the very good areas to observe buffalo.

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