Buffalo Bathing

One of the favourite avocations of buffalo bachelor herds is hanging around waterholes.

Not necessarily always wallowing, although often they will submerge themselves in thick black mud for hours, hence the name dagga boys, literally meaning “mud boys”.

This activity is performed for a number of reasons, not only does it keep them cool, but protects their older more vulnerable skin from the sun’s harsh rays. It is also a good way of getting rid of ticks. Dagga boys are most often found hanging out near waterholes or in thick marshy areas because the grass in these areas tends to be softer and greener making for easier eating on their old worn down teeth. When walking in the bush it is these bachelor boys to look out for, because like many species the older members tend to be grumpier and a lot less tolerant of unwanted and unexpected visitors!