Hunting impala in South Africa is perfect for the first time African hunter and these common antelope are a must-have for any hunter’s trophy collection. Impala hunting is best done during the autumn rut when the most impressive trophies are usually found within the breeding herds. Impala hunting is made challenging due to this antelope’s keen sense of hearing and smell, and their impeccable eyesight. It is imperative to make cautious and calculated stalks to successfully complete your impala hunt. Impalas also herd together when alarmed, which could result in shooting more than one with a single shot.
Somerby Safaris specializes in hunting of the classic African antelope like impala. Hunting impala is like breathing to our professional hunters and we take our hunters to only the best areas to successfully snag their trophy impala. Impala hunting with Somerby Safaris will generally take place in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Zululand and in the Kalahari.
Athletically-built, medium sized antelope. The upper body of the impala is a deep reddish brown that becomes lighter in color along the flanks, chest and belly. There are characteristic black bands on the tail and buttocks. Patches of black hair occur above the ankles. The throat and chin are white. The short, thin tail is white with a black line down the centre. The ears have black tips. Only the males have horns.
Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Zululand and in the Kahalari; seldom in the Free State.
Impala are found in open woodland with sufficient water - especially thorn. They can also be found in more dense woodland areas along rivers, and on the edge of woodland and grassveld or floodplains.
Grazes and browses. Gregarious; usually forms herds of 6-20 and even more than 100 in the winter. Territorial males during the rut, bachelor herds and breeding herds can be distinguished. During the rest of the year territorial males join breeding or bachelor herds. Adult males establish territories during the mating season; they use communal dung heaps and scent-mark the grass and bushes with pre-orbital glands. Mainly diurnal and rests during the hottest part of the day.
When hunting impala in Africa, a .22 centerfire rifle, a 6mm, a 7mm or a 30 calibre rifle are all sufficient choices for that ultimate shot.
Impala hunting calls for a high heart/lung shot. Aim your shot directly up the fore-leg about one third or a bit higher and slightly to the rear if you are going for the lungs.
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