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Syncerus caffer

The buffalo may come across as peaceful and passive at times. They are, in fact, very dangerous and unpredictable. They use their horns for fighting and these are extremely powerful and even bulletproof. Were you to shoot a buffalo's horns, the bullet would merely ricochet.

As gregarious animals they live in herds, which can number in the thousands and in the wild they can live for up to 18 years. Extremely large animals, their front hooves are larger than their hind ones in order to support the heavy bulk of their head and neck. Males and females have horns, but the males' tend to be bigger and are used in fights. Their natural habitat encompasses grass, shade and water as they drink regularly and prefer to stay close to water when feeding. They only mate and give birth to calves during the rainy season. Its main predator is the lion and, of course, humans – having once been a popular trophy for hunters. When danger threatens, buffalos will protect their calves by pushing them into the middle of the herd.

Buffalos in captivity have been known to be susceptible to different conditions, but at Inverdoorn the buffalo herds are healthy and happy. Allowed to roam free, the buffalo herds are flourishing at Inverdoorn.


Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve


112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 71 50


Big Five Safaris

  • Safari Getaway

    Get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and enjoy a safari day trip full of engaging animal encounters on game drives and excellent meals enjoyed in the cool shade....
  • The RhinoProtect Treatment

    In the past few years there has been an increase in rhino poaching, with South Africa as a prime target for poachers. With hundreds of rhino being poached annually for their horn, which...
  • Overnight Safaris

    Seeing the warmth rise off a herd of buffalo, silhouetted in the glow of a bright Karoo sunrise, or a stealthy cheetah enjoying an early-evening run, is but a small part of the excellent...

Fauna and Flora

Mammals, birds, insects and an abundance of plant life can be found at Inverdoorn from giant elephants and fat hippos to floating butterflies and a colourful array of flowers in the spring. The Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thousands of Animals

Whether you are searching for the celebrated Big 5 or are an avid bird-watcher, your trip to Inverdoorn will not leave you disappointed. White rhinos graze with African buffaloes, whilst wildebeest frolic in the background. Giraffes are gentle and magnificent giants who will even allow guests to walk among them. South Africa Shellducks and Egyptian Geese splash together through the water and flamingos have been spotted at Inverdoorn during their migration.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 7150


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