2011 Safari to Kruger and Nkorho. Blog Part 6 - Buffaloes
One of the most unpredictable animals in the bush is the Buffalo. Although they can look like placid cattle their behaviour can change without warning resulting in people walking in the bush being charged and on occasions even vehicles being charged.
Dagga boys are those older males who have been ousted from the herd because they are past their prime. The name comes from them sometimes being covered in mud having wallowed in pools. We saw many small groups of Dagga Boys with large bosses on their heads:
Breeding herds of buffalo can range from smallish ones of about 50 to very large ones of 500. We came across this herd in the Kruger Park near Mopani camp numbering over 300. They blocked the road for about 15 minutes:
We saw several other breeding herds of buffalo but the one that sticks in my memory is at the Nkorho water-hole. The herd were everywhere around the water-hole, in it drinking and also wallowing - you can see the mud on their flanks:
This video here shows the herd at the Nkorho Water-hole. Half way through the video you can see the tree on which the web camera is sited. By the time the herd left the water-hole was quite empty and a muddy wallow!