Watch this intense Cape Buffalo charge as the buffalo attempts to turn the tables on the hunters pursuing him in the South African bushveld.

Here is another video demonstrating the legendary toughness and ill-tempered disposition Cape Buffalo are known for. As these hunters in South Africa attempt to follow a buffalo, it decides that it has had enough and they got to experience a Cape Buffalo charge at close range.

Interestingly enough, that particular buffalo bull in the video did not appear to be wounded. Cape buffalo charges are not as common as many people think and charges involving unwounded buffalo are even more rare.

As is common on many buffalo hunts though, the vegetation was extremely thick on this hunt and this video demonstrates just how quickly things can go wrong out in the bush.

Watch how it all went down.

These hunters only had seconds to react when the Cape Buffalo charge began in thick cover at close range, but they were on their toes and made their shots count. Luckily, everyone except for the buffalo managed to walk away from the encounter.

Did you notice how shaken that hunter was afterwards? Go back and watch what happens when he ejects the fired cartridge from his rifle after his finishing shot into the buffalo.

Finally, this is a good example why it’s so important to be adequately armed on a cape buffalo hunting safari.

Yes, cartridges like the .45-70 Govt and .450 Marlin will work just fine under ideal conditions, but you don’t always get to hunt under ideal conditions. That’s why serious heavy hitting cartridges like the .375 H&H, .416 Rigby, and .458 Lott are all so popular for buffalo hunts.

Remember: cape buffalo are considered dangerous game for a reason. They can soak up an incredible amount of lead, so it’s vital to use enough gun and place your shots appropriately.

Those things will help reduce the odds of a cape buffalo charge involving a wounded buffalo in the first place. But if one does end up occurring, a big enough gun will also help stop a charge safely.

Like what you see? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on the Big Game Hunting Blog. Subscribe to his show: the Big Game Hunting Podcast or check out one of his African hunting safaris.



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