Impala Trophy hunting is conducted in woodland and savanna areas. A trophy most hunters take on their first African hunt. The smooth skin and two-tone red coloration make for a unique trophy.
There are no seasonal restrictions on an impala in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Nick Bowker Hunting offers impala African safari hunts year-round.
Table of Contents
- Impala Hunting Cost
- Interesting Facts About Impala
- Difference between Male and Female
- About the Impala
- Impala Hunting in South Africa
- Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber
- Black Impala Hunting
Impala Hunting Cost
The average cost of an impala is $450. An African safari hunt cost often includes an Impala Trophy.
The Black Impala is also an excellent addition to any package.
All-Inclusive $4000 Starter Plains Game Package for seven trophies and eight days hunting. (Inclusive of an Impala Trophy)
- Gemsbok safari hunt
- Black Wildebeest safari hunt
- Blesbok safari hunt
- Mountain Reedbuck
Included in the Impala trophy hunting package is a licensed hunting guide. As well as a hunting license and all permits.
The Impala in pictures
Interesting Facts About Impala
- Impala can leap up to 10 feet in the air and travel as far as 33 feet in a single bound. An animal with an average height of 3 feet and a length of around 4 feet is a considerable distance.
- This agility makes it easy for the impala to maneuver over and around obstacles. This comes in handy when they need to escape predators.
- Impala undertakes mutual grooming. One impala will groom a herd member. Who will return the favor by grooming in precisely the same spot for the same time.
- Impala is a synchronous breeder. This means they tend to mate and give birth around the same time each year.
- Impala breeding usually corresponds with the wet season. They typically mate in May, at the end of the wet season. Giving birth in November during the rainy season.
- That predictable breeding schedule usually gives impala calves their best shot at survival.
- Impalas and other prey face more risk in the dry season when dwindling food and water supplies force predators and prey toward the exact geographic locations.
- Three of the main prey animals on the southern African savanna (impala, zebra, and wildebeest) can recognize one another’s warning cries.
- That works to everyone’s advantage if a predator is close. If a zebra, for instance, sounds like a warning call, then any nearby zebra, wildebeest, or impala know to flee.
- Rumor has it pregnant impalas can delay giving birth for up to a month if the wet season is late.
- That belief is probably a fallacy.
- Impala can look similar to the red lechwe to the untrained eye and can’t be mistaken for the “Harley-Davidson” (the colloquial name for the red hartebeest).
- Impala hunting is a must for any first-time African hunter.
Difference Between Male and Female
Impala males are easily recognized as they have horns, while females don’t. Females are also smaller.
About the Impala
Description of impala
The Impala or Southern Impala is found in woodlands and sometimes on the interface between forests and savannahs; it inhabits places close to water.
The Impala is active mainly during the day. Activity tends to cease during the hot midday hours; they feed and rest at night.
Three distinct social groups exist. Territorial males, bachelor herds, and family herds.
The territorial males hold territories where they may form harems of females. Regions are demarcated with urine and feces and defended against male intruders.
The glossy coat of the Impala shows two-tone coloration. The reddish-brown back and the tan flanks. This is in sharp contrast to the white underbelly.
Additional features include white rings around the eyes and a lighter chin and snout.
Information for impala hunting
Males grow slender, lyre-shaped horns 18–26 inches long. The horns are strongly ridged and circular.
Their arch-like structure allows the interlocking of horns, helping a male throw off his opponent during fights. Horns also protect the skull from damage.
Male impalas typically only become territorial for about four months of the year. During this time, they’ll jealously protect their harems of female Impala and young.
If one male impala loses a fight to another, they’ll be forced to surrender their herd and join a bachelor herd instead.
Impala males who fail to mate form bachelor herds of 2 to 20 individuals.
Defending a territory requires much time and effort that the impala ram loses condition. So much so they can only hold a region for up to eight days.
Impala Hunting in South Africa
Shot placement must be in the bottom third of the animal directly above the front shoulder. This will ensure a heart or lung shot. Avoid head and neck shots which are high risk.
Your Impala ram trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 46 inches, weigh about 130 pounds, and have a Horn Length of approximately 22 inches.
The minimum Safari Club International score for an impala is 52. Add the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases to get your SCI score.
A trophy most hunters want to take on their first African hunt. The smooth skin and two-tone red coloration make for a unique trophy.
They jump sheep and cattle fences with ease and are free-ranging outside the high-fenced areas.
Impala is widespread across the Eastern Cape. Impala lives in open woodland with sufficient water and denser woodland areas along rivers.
A lot of glassing from a high point to identify a trophy to start with.
The stalk will likely be through scrub and brush in dense woodland. Pick your line carefully and take the wind into account. Move slowly from thicket to thicket until a suitable range is achieved.
A vigilant plains game animal. Several stalks can be required. Impala snorts loudly whenever they sense danger. At this point, the game is up.
Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber
A 7mm, right on up to the 30 calibers, is the best choice of caliber. The bottom third of the animal up the front leg is where you should aim.
For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker Hunting has Sako 300 Magnums fitted with suppressors.
Mounted on the rifle is a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope. We have hand-loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition.
A wonderful safari-style African hunting adventure.
This graceful, medium-sized antelope is a sociable herd animal that frequents open woodlands and bushveld.
A browser and a grazer will never venture far from water, as he must drink daily.
The rams only carry lyre-shaped horns, but the herd’s propensity to bunch together in the dense brush can make it easy to make a mistake.
Look for the ram that stands out in the bachelor groups.
Black Impala Hunting
Black Impala is a color variant of the southern Impala. A must for any collector interested in collecting both of the impala color variations. A great trophy to add while on a hunting safari.
The black African Impala is not a subspecies but a color phase of the southern Impala. Black Impala was developed by selective breeding; the skin color is all black.
Black Impala has all the same traits as the southern Impala.
Hunting a black Impala trophy is no different from pursuing a southern impala and usually involves spot and stalk.
The black-faced impala as opposed to the black impala is unique to Nambia and not available in the Eastern Cape.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hunt an Impala?
The trophy fee as a standalone Impala hunt is between $400 to $500. Daily rates vary between $250 and $500 per day.
Included in the Impala trophy fee is a licensed guide. As well as a hunting license and all permits.
An Impala trophy is often included in a plains game package. Package prices vary from $3000 to $10,000, depending on location and size. Packages include 5 – 7 trophy animals and accommodation, meals, and daily rates.
How to hunt an Impala?
Impala hunting is in the early mornings and late evenings and spotted from an elevated vantage point in the thick brush and then stalked. Alternatively, hunters use ambush techniques at watering holes or as they move back to cover from feeding.
Where do you shoot an Impala?
Shot placement must be in the bottom third of the animal directly above the front shoulder. This will ensure a heart or lung shot. Avoid head and neck shots which are high-risk.
What is a trophy Impala?
Impala trophies have a Horn Length of approximately 22 – 24 inches. The minimum qualification score under Safari Club International for an Impala is 52. Add the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases to get your score SCI score.
How do you judge an Impala trophy?
As with all African animals, a thick heavy, darkened neck is the first sign of maturity and often the most visible maturity characteristic when observing at a distance.
Look at the bases and ensure they are solid and prominent. A good symmetrical shape with smooth tips signifies an old ram and a trophy worth considering. The ram should stand out in the herd.
When can you hunt Impala in South Africa?
There are no seasonal restrictions on trophy impala hunting in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Smithers RHN – The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion
New World Encyclopedia – Impala Taxonomy
SafarisAfricana – Impala
Mental Floss – 7 things about Impala