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Wild Facts About the Big Five: No. 4 – the Cape Buffalo [Infographic]

by Octavia Drughi

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With short coarse hair and a permanent angry look on their faces, Cape buffaloes appear hostile towards everyone and everything around them. These large bovines display imposing horns shaped like question marks, which come in handy when they need to protect themselves against predators, to make way through the herd or to fight for dominance.

Let’s face it, the animals most tourists look forward to seeing on an African safari are the Big Five. In no particular order, they are the rhinoceros, the African lion, the African leopard, the Cape buffalo and the African elephant. We’ve already presented some wild facts about the first three, and now it’s time for the Cape Buffalo, one of the deadliest animals you can encounter on a safari.

Get ready to be blown away by the interesting facts about the African buffalo that we’ve put together in this infographic, the fourth in a series.




Large herds of buffaloes can be spotted in most African national parks, wherever there are open and wooded savannas and a water source. Unlike the other members of the Big Five family, the Cape Buffalo is not an endangered species, counting over 900,000 individuals throughout Africa according to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).


Did you enjoy this infographic? Share it with your friends and stay tuned for our next and final one – Wild Facts About the African Elephant!


Would you like to observe impressive herds of Cape buffaloes roaming free in Africa’s savannas? Go to BookAllSafaris.com and choose a Big Five safari that will get you closer to these imposing creatures than this infographic did.

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