Africa Cape Buffaloes of Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

The African buffaloes sometimes called the cape buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) belong to the Bovini tribe where wild and domesticated cattle and American bison do fall

Buffaloes of Kidepo Valley National Park

Are there buffaloes in Kidepo valley National park?  Kidepo valley national park lies in the North-Eastern part of Uganda in the district of Kaabong.   The park offers the best sceneries for wildlife lovers and visitors to the park. Kidepo features semi-arid vegetation types and rugged hills bordering Kenya and South Sudan.  For those interested in Ugandan culture, Kidepo is the spot not to miss as it is surrounded by the rich cultural people of Karamajong and the Ik people with a distinguished culture.

Most of the travelers always ask whether there are buffaloes in Kidepo valley national park, then the answer is that Kidepo valley National park has very many herds of buffaloes that are even unique from those in other parts of Uganda.   And therefore, it is important that if you’re interested in seeing buffaloes in the whole of Africa then Murchison falls national park is the place for you to fulfill this dream and desire. The buffaloes are indeed in large numbers.

About the African Cape buffaloes in Kidepo valley National Park  

The African buffaloes sometimes called the cape buffaloes (Syncerus caffer) belong to the Bovini tribe where wild and domesticated cattle and American bison do fall and it is only the African mammals that are a member of this family.  By its nature, the African buffaloes are made of short and powerful limbs and a mature one weighs up to   900 kilograms. The horns of the buffaloes stretch to1.6 meters and are used for protection and defend themselves against enemies. The predators such as lions mainly. Horns are also significant in portraying the dominance between male and female buffaloes. There is a compacted, hard shield in the between horns of a male buffalo which is called the boss.

In most cases, the African buffaloes don’t have good eyesight however their smell and hearing capacity is of great hype and so brilliant. The African buffalo exist on symbiotic relations ships with several bird species and believe me your visits to Kidepo valley national park will make you see birds sometimes on top of the buffaloes what you can term as “buffaloes carrying birds” such as the Oxpecker white egrets among many others. Birds can be traced eating insects off the buffaloes and birds are key in warning the buffaloes of possible predators foreseen.

Majorly buffaloes live in inhabiting majorly in open plains like grasslands, with some living in on river banks, valleys, and forested areas.  Most of the African elephants reside in different wildlife protected areas in several countries of African such as Uganda’s Kidepo valley national park Masai Mara in Kenya, Kafu national park in Tanzania, and South Africa’s Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The gestation period of buffaloes is estimated to be 11 months and once produced, calves lie in their mother’s protection till they become old and join the herd. Buffaloes including their calves rush to swamps and riverbanks sometimes to cool their temperature when the temperatures rise.

Other than buffaloes in Kidepo valley national park, there are other animals that one can see within this park and these include zebras, leopards, giraffes, lions. Bushbucks, impala, and elephants plus unique bird species living in breathtaking landscapes of the Park.

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