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The Cape Buffalo

The African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo is on every hunter's bucket list. The largest of the Buffalo species, this coveted hunt is more than just a bragging right, it's a story that you'll relive over and over again. Being a member of the Big -Five family makes the Cape Buffalo a sought-after trophy. 

At Splitting Image Taxidermy we take great care of your Buffalo Trophy, ensuring to take care of each and every detail with expert precision.


Buffalo are one of the most dangerous animals and have been known to take on lions.

Despite their size they are extremely quick and cunning at camouflage.

About The Cape Buffalo

The Cape Buffalo is a robust species, its shoulder height can range from 1 - 1.7m (3.3 - 5.6ft) and its head -and-body length can range from 1.7 -  to 3.4m (5.6 - 11.2ft). It has a long and stocky body but short and thickset legs, resulting in a relativity short standing height. Despite the short standing height they weigh between 500 - 1000kg (1100 - 2200lb) which is heavier than the American Bison.

The horns of adult male Cape Buffalo come close together at the base forming a shield refferred to as a "boss". From the base, the horns diverge downwards, then smoothly curve upwards and outwards and in some cases inwards or backwards. In large bulls, the distance between the ends of the horns can reach upwards of 1 metre, the record being 1.64m (64.5 inch).

Buffalo herds can reach into the thousands but often consist of just a dozen or so females, calves and a male or two. Older males leave the herd, either by choice or forced out by younger males, and hang around in small groups and wallow in the mud. These grumpy guys are commonly known as ‘dagga boys’.

Telling Your Buffalo's Story

"A Buffalo looks at you like you owe him money..." - Robert Rorke

This is just one of the sayings that comes to mind when thinking of a Cape Buffalo. Given names like 'Black Death' and 'Widow Maker' brings to life the characteristics of one of Africa's most prestigious hunting trophies. It's a hunting story that has been told around the globe and at Splitting Image Taxidermy we take a lot of time to understand not just the clients story, YOUR story, but also the story of your buffalo. 

Whether it's a full mount, shoulder mount, pedestal mount or a shield mount, as soon as you get your trophy back from Splitting Image Taxidermy the memories will come flooding back.


A Buffalo's sight and hearing aren't their best senses.

But, their sense of smell is excellent making tracking them tricky.

Buffalo Trophy Placement

Make the most of your Buffalo hunt by thinking about your trophy placement, where to shoot it and the ideal mount option for your end goal. 

Our team of experts are here to help you determine the best way to present your animal. Where you'll place your trophy plays a big role in how it should be mounted. Traditionally many hunters want the nose of the Buffalo elevated but if you hang that trophy high up on your wall you'll never get to appreciate the beauty of the Buffalo's boss or the glint in it's eye as all you will see is the underside of it's horns.

Contact Splitting Image Taxidermy to discuss your Buffalo Trophy to make sure you get to relive the moment in it's full glory for many years to come.