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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #40 on: April 19, 2017, 03:04:37 pm »
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #41 on: April 19, 2017, 03:04:55 pm »
Bit worrying, this. Which are they going to veto first, bikers or buffalo?  :-\
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #42 on: April 19, 2017, 03:16:14 pm »
Bit worrying, this. Which are they going to veto first, bikers or buffalo?  :-\

The buffalo has been in the kloof for many years, re-introduced there in the 90's/early 2000 by amongst other Peter Lloyd from Stellenbosch nature conservation. A friend and I were walking down a trail about 5kms south-west of Rooihoek when we almost bumped into a buffalo. It stood there snorting, but as we immediately ran away it did not charge.
Spoke to oom Bokkie, now deceased, but who worked in the kloof since 1972, and he said that if we were to stand our ground, let alone approach Grumpy, it would doubtlessly have attacked us.

I always feel a twinge of fear when I ride along the narrow overgrown part of the road through the kloof.

A matter of time before these buffalo learn to do ambushes. :imaposer:
 

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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2017, 03:19:55 pm »
Bit worrying, this. Which are they going to veto first, bikers or buffalo?  :-\

The buffalo has been in the kloof for many years, re-introduced there in the 90's/early 2000 by amongst other Peter Lloyd from Stellenbosch nature conservation. A friend and I were walking down a trail about 5kms south-west of Rooihoek when we almost bumped into a buffalo. It stood there snorting, but as we immediately ran away it did not charge.
Spoke to oom Bokkie, now deceased, but who worked in the kloof since 1972, and he said that if we were to stand our ground, let alone approach Grumpy, it would doubtlessly have attacked us.

I always feel a twinge of fear when I ride along the narrow overgrown part of the road through the kloof.

A matter of time before these buffalo learn to do ambushes. :imaposer:

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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #44 on: April 19, 2017, 03:47:48 pm »
Ja, but the Buffalo might confuse it for one of it's own and try and mount it, dan is jy gefork  :)
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2017, 03:59:07 pm »
Especially if it has two big hanging tits at it's side  :o
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #46 on: April 19, 2017, 08:27:28 pm »
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #47 on: April 19, 2017, 09:06:41 pm »
So, word die Buffalo Rally nou in die Baviaans gehou?  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:


This happened to a buddy of mine a few years ago.  Things didnt turn out so good for them.

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Port Elizabeth - A Somerset West man has told how an enraged buffalo attacked him and a friend, who was seriously injured in the attack.

The men were part of a group of seven friends, all from Somerset West, who were camping in the Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape.

“He stormed at us like a huge, black monster. It happened so quickly,” was how Fouché Whitehead described what happened late on Tuesday afternoon. He was able to dive out of the way of the enraged buffalo.

“Then he focused on Ryno (Magson) and got hold of him.”

Critical condition

After a major rescue operation lasting nearly 10 hours, Magson was admitted to a Port Elizabeth hospital in a critical condition.

His wife, Chaniti, said on Wednesday: “When I heard the news of the attack, I was shocked. I immediately thought of Johann Schmidt, also from Somerset West. He was trampled to death by a buffalo in the Bergkwagga National Park last year. I studied with his daughter.”

Reliable sources said Magson had suffered internal injuries and had lost a kidney but his wife did not want to talk about it.

Magson and Whitehead had been walking about 300 metres outside the Rooihoek campsite in the Baviaanskloof wilderness area when they came across the buffalo. After the attack, Whitehead immediately wanted to run to the campsite for help.

“But I saw the buffalo was waiting for me in the bushes. Then I screamed and screamed until they [the other friends] heard me.”

When the others arrived in the car, the buffalo bull took off.

The seriously injured Magson was taken by bakkie to the campsite. It took Leon Strydom almost two hours to cross 30km of flooded roads and a riverbed to reach the Coleske farm where he could call for help.

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“After the events on Tuesday evening I feel very strongly that the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) should urgently consider getting an emergency radio at Rooihoek. It would save at least 90 minutes of driving and could clearly save a life,” said Strydom on Wednesday evening.

But he also had a lot of praise for the support of parks officials and Lieutenant Herman Smith, commander of the Baviaanskloof police. “They were wonderful. I thank them.”

Shortly after Strydom got help, rangers equipped with radios immediately went to the scene. Sybert Liebenberg, ECPTA acting executive head, also contacted Magson’s wife and kept her updated every 20 minutes throughout the evening.

“If he hadn’t done that, I would’ve gone crazy. I can’t thank him enough,” said Magson’s wife.

When Liebenberg was able to confirm at 02:00 that Magson would be taken to the Netcare Greenacres hospital, she immediately left Somerset West for Port Elizabeth.

“Ryno is a big adventurer and nature lover. I believe he survived because he is so fit,” she said on Wednesday morning.

Magson was taken for surgery at about 07:00 on Wednesday morning.

Netcare Greenacres Hospital spokesperson Adèle Kennedy said on Wednesday afternoon that his condition was stable.
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #48 on: April 19, 2017, 10:46:39 pm »
The bike said "norrafok I am taking cover!" :biggrin:

Seems like things are building up to a tragedy in the Bavians, sooner or later someone is going to get pancaked by a buffalo, my guess it will be when two ore more of them get together, they are pretty fearless alone but in a group they are hell on hooves... :eek7:

But on the other hand Darren... My friend and his wife have the tools to make things safe again and the biltong will be magnificent. >:D
 

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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #49 on: April 20, 2017, 12:17:24 am »
The bike said "norrafok I am taking cover!" :biggrin:

Seems like things are building up to a tragedy in the Bavians, sooner or later someone is going to get pancaked by a buffalo, my guess it will be when two ore more of them get together, they are pretty fearless alone but in a group they are hell on hooves... :eek7:

But on the other hand Darren... My friend and his wife have the tools to make things safe again and the biltong will be magnificent. >:D

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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2017, 08:32:13 am »
Bit worrying, this. Which are they going to veto first, bikers or buffalo?  :-\

The buffalo has been in the kloof for many years, re-introduced there in the 90's/early 2000 by amongst other Peter Lloyd from Stellenbosch nature conservation. A friend and I were walking down a trail about 5kms south-west of Rooihoek when we almost bumped into a buffalo. It stood there snorting, but as we immediately ran away it did not charge.
Spoke to oom Bokkie, now deceased, but who worked in the kloof since 1972, and he said that if we were to stand our ground, let alone approach Grumpy, it would doubtlessly have attacked us.

I always feel a twinge of fear when I ride along the narrow overgrown part of the road through the kloof.

A matter of time before these buffalo learn to do ambushes. :imaposer:

All the more reason for a faster bigger stronger bike!!!!! ::) ;) :o



Here we go again! Who's of the opinion that you'll make a faster getaway on a smaller, nimbler bike,  :pot:
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2017, 08:59:19 am »
I also know Ryno - He use to ride a KTM950?
Sedert sy storie , wat hy in al die grusame detail kon vertel, het ek 'n moerse respek (lees vrees) vir a buffel.
Daai ding is net te primitief en sterk en gee min tot geen teken van wat in sy kop aangaan.
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #52 on: April 20, 2017, 09:33:42 am »
If I understood the warden at the gate correctly, the buffalo isnt the only horned charging animal there. Seems rhinos are also around that area
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #53 on: April 20, 2017, 09:57:16 am »
 :sip: According to the pamphlet I picked up in Patensie (Feb. 2017) there are about 250 buffalos in the reserve. According to a farmer in the Baviaans the numbers are 600
In February, on that trip, I saw very fresh rhino spoor South of Smits kraal. It was a smaller spoor so it could be the black rino.
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #54 on: April 20, 2017, 11:05:24 am »
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #55 on: April 20, 2017, 12:07:41 pm »
Buffalo have had their experiences in the kloof.

I once had a Rhino with youngster stop and stare at me for a few seconds in the kloof.
Needless to say I never worried about a pic.

We eyeballed each other, then she turned around and trotted off.
I carried on my way giving thanks...

For the encounter and the escape.

I'm wondering when we'll hear a story re Rhino
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #56 on: April 20, 2017, 01:13:58 pm »
We went through there in October and I thought the wildest animals we would have seen would be baboons  :eek7:
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #57 on: April 20, 2017, 03:45:18 pm »
I wonder what would have happened if you did get bike on sidestand, Buffalo might have smashed your bike out the way ??? Maybe good you fell the other way.

Looked like it was getting its head down for a good smashing!
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #58 on: April 20, 2017, 08:31:57 pm »
I have just seen it on news 24, quite famous now :thumleft:
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Re: Close Call in the Baviaanskloof
« Reply #59 on: April 22, 2017, 07:09:41 am »
Terrifying but uplifting experience.  :thumleft: 

I'm sure that oke (the buffalo) was more scared than the riders, just looked like he was trying to get away in the limited space. The riders also kept their cool.....well done.