African buffalo in Swahili: nyati (Syncerus caffer)
Shoulder height: 140 cm; weight: 700 kg. Frequently and erroneously referred to as a water buffalo (an Asian species), the African buffalo is a distinctive ox-like animal that lives in large herds in the African savannah and occurs in smaller herds in forested areas. Common and widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, herds of buffalo are likely to be encountered in most Tanzanian reserves and national parks. The best place to see large buffalo herds in Tanzania are the Ngorongoro Crater floor and Katavi National Park.