Buffalo and Sable


Of all of the animals that make up the Big 5, it is the buffalo that is the most aggressive and as a result, the most dangerous. The Cape buffalo can be found all over Southern Africa, they live in herds and as grazing animals, they will often need to be near a water source. They prefer to live in thick bushveld and at night they cluster together to protect their young from predators. Both the male and female have horns, the males’ horns can have a deeper curl while they have a sturdy boss, which covers the forehead.

At Dries Visser Safaris we are very fortunate to offer some of the finest buffalo hunts in South Africa at a very competitive price and on a large area of 40 000 acres – something not many outfitters can match. The quality of our buffalo is above the average of what you will find in the rest of our country, with hard bosses and good SCI scores. We are proud to be able to offer this kind of trophy to the hard-core bowhunters!

Hunting Cape buffalo in Africa is not for the amateur hunter, and even if you have some experience, be sure to talk to your outfitter about bow setup, your Outfitter will give you the best advice.


The MAJESTIC SABLE ANTELOPE is arguably one of the most beautiful animals in Africa and we are proud to offer these quality sable hunts to our bowhunters on 40 000 acres! Due to our well managed wildlife conservation in South Africa we now have the best gene pool of Sable available anywhere. Both sexes having long sweeping scimitar-like horns. Females are similar to the males, but are paler in color and have smaller straighter horns. And for hunters Sables are one of the most sought after plains game trophy collections.

Trophy quality is judged by the color of the skin; always ensure the bull is of jet black color and not a tanned chocolate color, thus indicating immaturity. Sable can be equally aggressive towards hunters, especially when wounded. Sable antelope are mainly active during the cooler morning – and late afternoon hours, but will venture to a water source during the midday period.

Measuring methods: SCI – Safari Club International

The SCI, or Safari Club International Record Book of Big Game Animals, is one of the most used record keeping systems in the world. It keeps a unique and detailed history of the club’s hunting recorded and it includes a scoring system. This record includes typical and non-typical animals as well as free range and estate animals. The SCI has various measuring methods and those that are applicable to trophies hunted in Southern Africa include:

Method 1: Animals with simple horns PDF

Method 2: Animals with spiralled horns PDF

Method 4: African buffalo PDF

Method 5: Common Wildebeest PDF

Method 6: Black wildebeest PDF

Method 8: Rhinoceros PDF

Method 12: Hippopotamus and pigs PDF

Method 14: Elephant PDF

Method 15: Carnivores  PDF

Method 16-C: Body length of crocodilian PDF

What type of shooting practice should I do to get ready for my safari?

Shooting on level ground, from tree stands and from inside pop up blinds would all be very good practice. You need to be very proficient from 40 yards and closer. Most shots do take place under 20 yards from blinds, but you may get longer shots from tree stands, spot and stalk or even a second shot on a wounded animal further away from the blind, so practice and be very proficient.

Can I hunt dangerous game with my bow?

Absolutely! When permits are available, we offer bowhunts on Cape buffalo, lion and leopard. Leopard permits are difficult to get and we only have opportunity to apply once a year. No lion, buffalo or leopard will be hunted without the proper permits.

Do your guides understand bowhunting?

Our guides are experienced bowhunters themselves! They know the needs of a bowhunter and this is why our bowhunts are so successful!