African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Africa’s only wild African buffalo ox species is an adaptable and widespread creature that lives in large herds on the savanna and smaller herds in forested areas. The African buffalo is the most dangerous of all game species seen on Uganda safari, especially if wounded or solitary. Its reputation has given the buffalo the status of being one of the “big five” recognized worldwide.
African buffalo are huge, even-toed ungulates, characterized by their stocky build and heavy horns. Horns are present on both sexes, and they are not ridged. The buffalo is easily distinguished from other animals because of its dark black color and its characteristic horns smaller and lighter, curving outward, backward, and upwards. Ears are large fringed with hair and hang below massive horns.
Buffalo can be seen in just about all of Uganda’s national parks and large forests. It is one of the easiest animals to spot on safari in Uganda. Buffalo is common in Queen Elizabeth, and Murchison Falls national parks, where you may see hybrids of the savanna buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer) of east Africa and the red buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) of the West African forest.