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Buffalo in Aberdare National Park. Javier Yanes/
African Buffalo
'Syncerus caffer'
Swahili: Nyati/Mbogo

Best parks to see it: Aberdare, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Masai Mara, Nairobi

Buffaloes are gregarious and can be seen in large herds specially during the rain seasons, while in the drier months they can split up in smaller groups. Since they can switch from grazing to browsing as needed, they are adaptable to most habitats as long as there is food and water. They can be found on the mountains up to 13,000 ft (4,000 m).

Buffaloes can look tame when they graze or trek through the wide open plains, but they are actually ferocious animals and have never been domesticated. The herds offer protection and can make them highly dangerous to predators like lions. Though they are present in the most popular Kenyan parks, the largest herds are sometimes found around the ponds and salt licks at the Aberdare mountain lodges.
Buffalo in Aberdare National Park. J.Y./


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