This week we had a couple of buffalo hanging around our waterhole. We have a lot of buffalo in the reserve, our last count was about 900 animals and they sometimes gather in herds reaching up to 150 individuals. In other areas they can occur in herds of several thousand, however, the old males are generally not part of the herd and hang out in small groups or by themselves. These two old boys came recently for a drink.
They are often referred to as the bank managers of the bush because they are always looking at you like you owe them money. When these two showed up at the house I started to wonder if I had gone a little overboard with my Christmas shopping.
We have African buffalo (also called Cape buffalo) in Malawi and one of my husband’s pet peeves is that they are often referred to as water buffalo which do not occur in this part of the world. If you are ever on safari you can impress your guide by using the correct name. People often underestimate buffalo and don’t realize that they are one of the most dangerous animals in the African bush. They have poor eyesight, are very strong and can be extremely aggressive. We always check to see if buffalo or elephants are around the house before we go to take the washing off the line.
This will be the last Waterhole Wednesday until after the holidays and the rains have just started here so take a good look at how dry the area around the waterhole looks. It always amazes me how much the rain transforms the bush. It will be hard to believe that this is the same place as the lush green area you will find in the next Waterhole Wednesday.