400 Buffalo Drown After Stampede into River between Botswana and Namibia

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GABORONE – Around 400 buffaloes drowned after stampeding into the Chobe River along the border between Botswana and Namibia, possibly while running away from lions, the tourism ministry said.

All photos by Serondela Lodge. Source: FB

The Chobe River flows along the northeastern border of the Chobe National Park, known for the large breeding herds of elephants, giraffe, sable and African buffalo, which make it a major tourist attraction in Southern Africa.

Initial investigations by Botswana and Namibia suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia before they stampeded into the Chobe River. The buffalo trampled on each other and fell into the river from its steep banks, the ministry said in a statement.

“The cause of the stampede is still uncertain and under investigation. However, initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions,” Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said.

“This is not an unusual occurrence as mass drownings have occurred before in the Chobe River notably off Sedudu Island.”

Serondela Lodge in Namibia posted photos and video, saying they had witnessed the tragedy a few kilometres west of the lodge.

The big #herd of around 1000 #buffaloes that occurs in the area was chased by #lions from the Botswana side towards the river. Buffalos tried to cross the #choberiver but the Namibian bank was too high and… well they drowned after who knows how long and through how much panic, stress and pain. #circleoflife #wildlife”

(Editing by James Macharia, Larry King and Jenni Baxter)

Buffaloes tragedy on the Chobe River

Yesterday morning we witnessed a #tragedy that happened few km west of the lodge on the #banks of the #choberiver namibian side.The big #herd of around 1000 #buffaloes that occurs in the area was cheased by #lions from the Botswana side towards the river. Buffalos tried to cross the #choberiver but the Namibian bank was too high and… well they drowned after who knows how long and through how much panic, stress and pain.#circleoflife #wildlife

Posted by Serondela Lodge on Thursday, November 8, 2018

Posted by Georg Knoke on Thursday, November 8, 2018