Herds & Dagga Boys

When seeing a herd of buffalo they may look like they’re just “walking and eating” but they are actually walking in a formation which allows them to be safe as well and to know where to go. They spread far in distance but are not spread out that wide. The elder males, known as “path finders”, lead the group and if there is a threat they are able to warn the females behind them so they may flee to safety. Then right at the back, behind the females, are the younger males in case a threat were to appear from behind. So the whole formation is designed to protect the herd and it moves faster than you think. Older bull that can no longer keep up with the herds split off into small groups, usually consisting of 1-3 old males. They are locally known as ‘dagga boys’ and they can be extremely dangerous.