Hunting Buffalo


The Cape Buffalo is considered by some to be the most dangerous of all of the Big Five.

Ekuja Hunting Safaris allows for the opportunity of buffalo hunting in Namibia. Namibia is one of the premier destinations for hunting buffalo. Year round, we offer trophy hunts for the awesome Cape Buffalo. There are no seasonal restrictions on hunting the Cape Buffalo in Namibia, which makes it a suitable trophy year round.

Buffalo are herd animals concentrated on the open savannah where grazing and water is plentiful. They tend to graze from early evening into the night and then the cooler parts of the day, seeking shaded cover as it gets hotter. Both sexes have horns, with males developing the much desired gnarled bosses as they get older (many of the older hunters believe that the boss of a mature bull will stand up to the penetration capabilities of many heavy calibers). They are grayish-black in color and at a quick glance may appear as large boulders.

Despite their size, they are extremely well camouflaged in dense cover. Their eyesight and hearing is quite poor but their sense of smell is excellent. It is much harder to get close to a herd of buffalo than solitary bulls.

Buffalo hunting generally takes place on foot (this is what makes this hunting so exciting), picking up and following fresh spoor at waterhole’s or across roads. Older bulls tend to separate from the herds and are solitary or form small bachelor groups often called Kakulis or Dagga boys (meaning mud boys).

The best shot placement for buffalo is to hit vital organs, hopefully breaking bone somewhere in the process. Any experienced hunter should advise to go for the “boiler room”. If hit well, the animal will grunt at impact and take off at a gallop, usually signaling death with a characteristic bellow. Very few shots, regardless of caliber will pull a mature bull to the ground unless the shot hits the spine. If in a herd, the wounded animal usually breaks away and heads to thick cover. Buffalo are one of the only animals that will purposefully circle back onto their own trail to “hunt” and lie in wait for their pursuer. Usually they will circle back on their trail near and anthill, a fallen tree or any area that provides decent cover.