Impala Hunting

Impala 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.

Shot placement should be on the bottom third of the shoulder for impala hunting.
Shot placement for impala hunting

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Impala Hunting | Nick Bowker South Africa

Impala Hunting Cost

The average cost of an impala is $450. A plains game package hunt often includes an Impala Trophy.

The Black Impala is also an excellent addition to any package.

Species Price
Impala $450
Black Impala $2500

All-Inclusive $4000 Starter Plains Game Package for 7 trophies and 8 days hunting. (Inclusive of an Impala Trophy)

  • Gemsbok
  • Impala
  • Wildebeest
  • Springbok
  • Blesbok
  • Warthog
  • Mountain Reedbuck
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Impala hunting in South Africa

The Impala in pictures

Impala names in local languages
 Herd with impala lambs
Shot placement should be on the bottom third of the shoulder.
Impala are widespread in the Eastern Cape after being introduced in 1970
Impala should have a horn length of 22 inches
Natural predators of the impala.
Development to maturity of the ram
Black Impala male with females
Mother with new born lamb during the lambing season
They have tufts of blackish hair or socks on their hind feet.

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 amount of 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
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  • Impalas and other prey face more risk in the dry season when dwindling food and water supplies force predators and prey toward the same 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 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) or red hartebeest.
  • Impala hunting is a must for any first-time African hunter.
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Difference Between Male and Female

Impala males are easily recognized as they have horns while females don’t. Females are also smaller.

Male standing on the African grasslands. Only males carry horns.
Impala male standing on the African grasslands
Female jumping across the water. Impala can leap 10 feet.
Impala female female leaping

About the Impala

Description of impala

The impala or Southern impala is found in woodlands and sometimes on the interface between woodlands 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.

Impala trophy. They can leap up to 10 feet in the air.

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 which 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.

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Impala Hunting in South Africa

Vital organs. An impala should have a horn length of around 22 inches
Impala vital organs

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 score 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.

They jump sheep and cattle fences with ease.

Impala is widespread across the Eastern Cape. Impala lives in open woodland with sufficient water – especially thorn. Found in 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 have sensed danger. At this point, the game is up.

Impala trophy hunt in South Africa

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber

Trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa.

A 7mm, right on up to the 30 calibers, is the best choice of calibers. As always, 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 available a 7mm custom made Remington Magnum fitted with a suppressor.

Mounted on the rifle is a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition.

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Impala trophy. A 7mm, right on up to the 30 calibers, is the best choice of calibers.
Trophy taken in the Eastern Cape South Africa

This graceful, medium-sized antelope is a sociable herd animal that frequents open woodlands and bushveld.

Both a browser and a grazer will never venture far from water, as he must drink daily.

The rams only carry the 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.

Impala trophy. The rams only carry the lyre-shaped horns.
Impala trophy
Trophy shot in South Africa

Black Impala Hunting

Black impala is a color variant of the southern impala. A great trophy to add while on a hunting safari. A must for any collector interested in collecting both of the impala color variations.

The black impala is not a subspecies but a color phase of the southern impala. Black impala was developed by selective breeding; the color of the skin is all black.

Black impala has all the same traits as the southern impala.

Hunting the black impala is no different from hunting a southern impala.

Black impala ram with females
Black impala ram with females
Black impala ram with common impala females
Black impala ram with common impala ewes


Smithers RHN – The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion

New World Encyclopedia – Impala Taxonomy

SafarisAfricana – Impala