Hunting the infamous Cape Buffalo is a dream Safari for so many. And rightfully so. This bovine is one of the species at the absolute top of any hunter’s wish list as it is known the world over for some very nasty traits. It is thus very important that you understand what you should look out for in an outfitter who is offering to plan your Buffalo Safari.
Pro Tips for Choosing a Buffalo Outfitter
The Cape Buffalo has many names. The most well-known one, and fittingly so, is the “Black Death”. This name is derived from Buffalo’s instinctive behaviour to actively hunt whatever is trying to hunt it. This means that should a Buffalo notice hunters, and feel threatened, they may decide to charge instead of run. When wounded, they are even more likely to do the same. However, they won’t always do this in a predictable manner. Most hunting accidents with Buffalo is where the Buffalo strategically and with intelligence circled around the hunting party, and charged from the side, catching everyone off guard.
With this said, and so much still unsaid, it is clear that hunting Cape Buffalo is not an activity you would want to engage in with the wrong outfitter or guide. Here are a couple of things that you should consider when doing research for your next Buffalo Hunting Safari:
- Keep an eye out for testimonials, or ask the Outfitter for them. Not only does this reinforce the Outfitters’ marketing pitches, but if there is a handful to give you, you know this outfitter is an experienced one and has been around for a while. Definitely, something you would want when hunting Buffalo.
- Understand that hunting Buffalo is different than hunting any plains game. It is an exciting, but dangerous expedition. Thus it is recommended that you choose an outfitter who has knowledge of the areas you will be hunting, and knowledge on how to handle emergency situations.
- Depending on where you hunt, the price for Cape Buffalo may vary depending on the size or maturity of the trophy. Choose to hunt with an outfitter who is open and transparent about these costs to avoid disappointment when you arrive.
- A photo is worth a thousand words. Have a look at the outfitter’s photo gallery to see if the Buffs they are hunting is to your liking.
- Don’t go for the cheapest hunt. In Africa, it is very often true that you will get what you pay for. SB Hunting Safaris, for example, believes in offering clients fantastic value. This is always a great option as you get to experience the best of the best, without sacrificing on anything – the true African Hunting Experience.
- BONUS TIP: Don’t be afraid to communicate. Hunting expeditions are only available for a limited time of the year, with limited availability, especially on big mature Buffalo. Outfitters will talk with you and give you all the information months, even years in advance and assist you in every way possible. Never be afraid to make contact and start building on your dream hunting experience.