Buffalo stampede

by Piet Grobler
(Phalaborwa)

Buffalos drinking before stampede

Buffalos drinking before stampede

We were sitting in the car fairly high above the Ngwenyeni creek (Spruit)when a herd of buffalos came down to drink. They were to our left! Opposite us there was a Fish Eagle in a tree. The next moment the Eagle left its perch and dove down towards the drinking herd of buffalos, sweeping low down over the herd. The buffalos opened as if it was a helicopter diving down on them and then they stampeded out of the pool. In a matter of seconds there was not a single buffalo in that pool.

I wish I had my video on when it happened.
I attach a photo of the herd drinking!!

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Oct 31, 2012
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Must have been an amazing sighting!
by: Neil

It's great to see such huge herds of buffalo.

Oct 30, 2012
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Nwenyeni
by: Piet Grobler

I did not know about the other Ngwenyeni. This one is next to the main road from Phalaborwa to the north (Mopani etc.) and the main road crosses it twice!

Oct 30, 2012
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Sounds like you had an awesome experience!
by: Clive

I can just imagine what the sights and sounds were like - grunting, stamping, jostling and splashing with clouds of dust!

Oct 30, 2012
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by: Jennifer

Wow Pieter what a great experience- the noise of the buffalos running off must have sounded like thunder. Was this off the S131? because I see that there is another Ngwenyeni in the south near the H3. We have often been caught off guard when something amazing happens because it always happens so fast. Thanks for sharing your pic and story with us.

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