You’ll never mistake me for Papa Hemingway: if I had to hunt Cape Buffalo (which I don’t, particularly) my weapon of choice would be something belt-fed, crew-served and vehicle-mounted. On a really big vehicle.
It would not be a spear.
Cape Buffalo don’t have claws or fangs, but they can weigh 2,000 pounds and charge at 35 mph. The bosses of their enormous horns meet in the center of their foreheads, forming a bulletproof shield that can shrug off a .416 Rigby. Their intelligence and aggressiveness is legendary, and they earn their nickname ‘Black Death’ with over 200 gorings and killings of humans each year.
This video is a little gory, because some adrenaline junkies like to hunt them with spears, after the fashion of iron-age hunters like the Samburu and Masai. Tim Wells at least has the sense to use a modern Cold Steel Samburu spear and bring a PH with a dangerous-game rifle for backup.
But with brass ones that big, he’s got to wear custom-made pants. And I just can’t understand how he can walk without being all bow-legged.