When a Shenton Safaris’ guide on a walking safari encounters an old Buffalo bull, he will always lead his guests warily around it, showing great respect. Many trails guides consider these to be the `most dangerous animal out there’ and the thrill of meeting one of these old guys whilst on foot, is guaranteed to get the pulse racing. Once Buffalo bulls attain a certain age, where they are no longer able to compete with the younger bulls for mating dominance in the herd, they often break away into smaller bachelor herds or sometimes become solitary. These old bulls, away from the hustle and bustle that is herd life, spend their days wallowing in mud pools or nestled in deep shade slowly chewing the cud. Certain references state that on average an older bull will cover no more than 1 to 2 kilometres during his daily routine. But being a gregarious animal, a Buffalo out on its own is usually insecure as it is very vulnerable to attack by Lions.
So when it perceives a threat, it is likely to defend itself using a fast paced attack, launched in a crabbing, nose-high run and some say that once a Buffalo starts a serious charge, he will complete it!
Further south these old boys, usually seen covered in mud, are known as `Daga boys’, but here in the South Luangwa National Park, they are `Kakuli’!