Hunting Cape buffalo in South Africa

Hunting Cape buffalo in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Cape buffalo scientific name – Syncerus caffer

Hunting Cape buffalo in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris who started cutting back on their cost of Cape buffalo hunting packages by repeatedly hunting in the best places. This allows for better prices making it possible to offer affordable Cape buffalo hunts which we are happy to pass on to our hunters. Due to this same reason Hunting in Africa Safaris can also offer lowered Cape buffalo hunting package prices in South Africa. We understand that the cost to hunt Cape buffalo is very high. However, we are committed to cutting back on our cost to make it more affordable to realize your dangerous game hunt. Feel free to have a look at our videos of dangerous game hunts.

Cape buffalo hunting in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris is a dangerous game hunting experience to look forward to. Our Cape buffalo cow hunting packages are becoming extremely popular.

Best recommended caliber to hunt Cape buffalo – 375 or any other larger caliber is a minimum legal caliber to hunt dangerous game with in most African countries. It is our recommendation to use any caliber from 400 and up if you feel comfortable using it. Cape buffalo hunting guns are prized possessions. Make sure you use enough gun!

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What is the cost to hunt Cape buffalo in South Africa – The cost to hunt Cape buffalo in South Africa appreciates in some cases according to the size of the horns. The larger the spread the higher the trophy fee. On some of our concessions we hunt Cape buffalo of any size, no penalty for buffalo with 40+ inch spreads.

Average shooting distance when hunting Cape buffalo in South Africa – 20 to 60 yards.

Helpful hints and tips when hunting Cape buffalo in South Africa – To walk-and-stalk these animals is the traditional way of going about it. Larger herds can be more difficult to stalk for obvious reasons, and solitary bulls can be extremely aggressive and may charge unprovoked. Bachelor herds of between 3 and 10 animals are common and are equally as difficult to stalk.


Hunting Cape buffalo with a 45-70

This is a hotly debated issue both in South Africa and abroad. It can be done and cases of a one-shot kill are known. We see no reason why a hunter should not attempt a Cape buffalo hunt with a 45-70 under the following conditions:

1. make sure you use the best available premium grade ammunition, and

2. make sure you can shoot your 45-70 accurately up to 50 yards. According to our definition of shooting accurately you must be able to shoot a sub 1,5″ 3-shot group at 50 yards off sticks or off-hand.

Please be advised from the onset your Professional Hunter may have to back you up in the event of a dangerous situation. In the event of a Cape buffalo charge it is expected of your PH to protect himself and those on the hunting safari around him.


Shot placement when hunting Cape buffalo

Shot placement when hunting African dangerous game, shot placement when hunting the African Big 5 or shot placement when hunting any animal in Africa is none more important than the other, BUT it is critical when hunting Cape buffalo in Africa. When hunting the Cape buffalo make sure you have enough gun. It can come at you like a train with no breaks and only a well placed shot will ensure your safety and also that of the whole crew.

This is a mean, revengeful and downright nasty animal in general but particularly becomes more annoyed when wounded. Sometimes a shot must be taken in a hurry but please make sure when you take the shot that the shot will be placed where it was intended to go. The effective area to place a shot is rather large and there is room for limited error but to minimise risk of a wounded Cape buffalo use the correct caliber when hunting Cape buffalo in South Africa (or any other African country) and only use premium grade ammunition.

Study the shot placement diagram below to know where the vital organs are of the most dangerous animal to hunt in Africa. General rule of thumb is to place the shot directly on the shoulder in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the start of the chest to the top of the back. Such a shot should lead to a high heart shot while still penetrating both lungs making for an easy recovery of your best trophy ever.

Shot placement when hunting Cape buffalo


Cape buffalo description

Often referred to, as the Black Death this member of the bovine family is one of the most sought after of all African trophy animals. Considered to be one of the Big 5 it is a customer not to be taken lightly, especially when wounded. It was Peter Capstick who paraphrased Robert Ruark and made the phrase “he looks at you like you owe him money” internationally known. Hunting Cape buffalo in Africa is the ultimate in dangerous game hunting!

A Cape buffalo is a heavily built animal with the bulls ranging from dark brown to mostly black. They have relatively short legs with the front hooves invariably being larger than the rear hooves. In the case of the bulls, the horns are heavy and very well developed at the bosses on the top of the head. The cows have much slighter bosses. Large ears hang beneath the horns. The tail is rounded off with brown to black hair right at the tip, similar to that of a head of beef.

Cape buffalo habitat: Preferred habitat has enough grass, water and cover. Open areas can be utilized as long as they have access to sufficient cover.

Cape buffalo reproduction: A single calf is born seasonally, but usually in the wet summer months (November – January) Dominant bulls will mate with cows that are in season.


General Cape buffalo facts

Cape buffalo gestation period – 340 days

Average shoulder height of Cape buffalo – 56″

Average weight of a Cape buffalo bull: 1 200 lbs – 1 400 lbs

Average weight of a Cape buffalo cow: 1 000lbs – 1 200 lbs

Horns: Both Cape buffalo bulls and cows have horns. Cape buffalo bulls are distinguished from the cows by having much more mass at the top of the horns, known as the boss size.