Waterhole Wednesday: African Buffalo

African Buffalo: Waterhole Wednesday - Mud Hut Mama

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.

African Buffalo - Mud Hut Mama

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.

Two African Buffalo - Mud Hut Mama

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.

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  1. “We always check to see if buffalo or elephants are around the house before we go to take the washing off the line.”

    I love this sentence. Your family is too cool! 🙂

  2. Frances says:

    Interesting how animals especially the older males tend to be on their own, and away from the herd. Animals are such smart creatures! So they were giving you that look huh??? LOL 🙂 What a great post! Can’t wait until the next Waterhole Wednesday.

  3. Addison says:

    I loved the sentence Kristen loved 🙂

    I also loved the horns on the buffalo in the first picture. How great!

  4. You do have an awesome backyard–thanks for sharing it! I can’t wait to see the transformation in a few weeks!

  5. Suja says:

    I love the bank managers metaphor! Eagerly awaiting the transformation pictures..

  6. Heather says:

    I agree they are dangerous creatures. Enjoy your holidays.

  7. Ditto what the others say about the wash-line line! Such a different world. I just have to worry about stinky socks.

    Eager to see what the rains do. And so grateful to have this peek into another world.

  8. MsXpat says:

    What beautiful animals. LOL I like that mention of the bank managers. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  9. They do look very intimidating!

    I’m looking forward to your lush green photos when you come back after the holidays!

  10. Penny says:

    Rather jealous when I visit your website. What a beautiful life!

    We may live a regular suburban yard, but you know that I still find plenty of ways around having wildlife experiences. Still, a buffalo or elephant in my backyard would make me pee my pants with excitement!


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