Trophy Impala Hunting In South Africa

Looking for quality trophy Impala hunting in South Africa? We have some of the best and most affordable Impala hunting around and take some truly magnificent Impala trophies each year.

Why should I go Impala hunting with you? If you book with us, you’ll hunt Impala in South Africa’s Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces. These areas have incredible Impala habitat and are known for having some of the best Impala hunting in all of southern Africa. We have exclusive hunting rights on all our hunting areas and carefully manage the wildlife populations for outstanding trophy quality. In keeping with these management practices, we abide by strict quotas and only book a limited number of Impala hunts each year.

For these reasons, we have very high (over 95%) success rates on our Impala hunting safaris and our hunters take some beautiful Impala rams each year. Hunters booked with us typically take Impala measuring 21-22″. However, it’s not uncommon for our hunters to take 23-25″ Impala, which are truly outstanding specimens.

Additionally, by booking with us, you’ll enjoy a truly authentic African safari with exceptional personal service. We do not use outside PHs and we only book one hunting party at a time, so you’ll have exclusive use of the hunting area during your trip.

Due to these factors, we can provide an incredible Impala hunting experience that few other outfitters can match. If you’ve always dreamed of hunting the gigantic free ranging Impala herds that roam the South African bushveld, then you need to book one of our Impala hunts. trophy impala hunting in south africa 1What Impala hunting methods do you use? The vast majority of our Impala hunting is conducted via walk and stalk. We drive until find a recent track crossing the road that is big enough or slowly walk through areas containing commonly used food or water sources. 

How much does an Impala hunting safari in South Africa with you cost? Since they are so numerous, Impala are one of the most popular and affordable animals to hunt in South Africa. For the 2017 hunting season, our trophy fee for impala is $350. Impala are extremely popular among visiting hunters. They are also included in several of our hunting packages, namely the “Bushveld” packages, at a discount.

When do you do your Impala hunting? Impala may may be successfully hunted virtually all year round. However, May through November, and September through November in particular, are the best months for Impala hunting in South Africa.

During this time, there is much less vegetation present, which is much better for visibility. Additionally, there are fewer water sources and the impala tend to be more concentrated where there is water. Due to the fact that we have carefully managed our land, we have excellent year round sources of food and water on our main hunting area in Limpopo Province. As a result, thousands of Impala migrate onto this land from surrounding areas at the height of the dry season and it’s not uncommon to see herds of hundreds of Impala. Because of these factors, the months of September, October, and November are when we traditionally take our biggest impala.trophy impala hunting in south africa water hole resizedWhat is the average shot distance when Impala hunting? Since Impala are normally found in herds and there are so many sets of eyes, noses, and ears to evade, it can be difficult to closely approach them. However, a careful and patient hunter can approach close enough for a reasonable shot. Most shots on impala occur at ranges between 50 and 150 yards.

What is your average trophy size of impala taken in South Africa when hunting with you? The typical trophy taken by clients when impala hunting with us measures 21-22″. However, each year we take a few impala that measure 23-25″, which are outstanding specimens. The biggest impala we have ever taken was an incredible trophy that measured just over 27″ and was hunted on our main hunting area in Limpopo Province.

Contact us today to book your Impala hunting safari in South Africa.

What is the best rifle caliber for Impala hunting? Impala are not particularly large or tough animals. However, they can still run a long way if not hit hard enough. Cartridges in the .243 Winchester/6.5mm Mauser range should be considered the minimum for trophy Impala hunting. Cartridges such as the 7mm Mauser, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm-08 Remington, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Short Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum are all ideal choices for trophy Impala hunting in South Africa.

However, Impala are often hunted in conjunction with larger game, such as buffalo. In this case, the hunter may only be carrying a larger bore rifle, such as a .375 H&H or a .458 Lott. As long as solids or controlled expansion rounds are used, larger bore rifles will also work quite well on Impala and cause minimal damage to the meat or trophy of the animal.

What is the best recommended Impala shot placement? When trying to decide on the best Impala shot placement out in the field, remember: the traditional shoulder shot is probably the best choice. When the Impala is standing broadside, simply aim at the  shoulder (shaded slightly to the rear), about one third of the way up the body.impala shot placement broadside resizedDon’t forget to adjust your aiming point accordingly if the Impala is quartering towards or away from you (aim slightly forward if the impala is quartering towards you and slightly to the rear if the impala is quartering away). impala shot placement quartering towards resizedimpala shot placement quartering away resizedImpala Scientific Name: Aepyceros melampus, also known as the Rooibok (Red Buck)

What is the Southern Impala Rowland Ward minimum? Rowland Ward ranks kudu by measuring the length of the longest horn. A Southern Impala must have a horn at least 23 5/8″ (60cm) long to qualify for the Rowland Ward record book.

What is the Southern Impala Safari Club International (SCI) minimum? SCI scores impala by measuring the length of each horn and the circumference of each horn at the base. All 4 measurements are then added together for a total score. A Southern Impala must score at least 52″ (132cm) to qualify for the SCI record book (bronze medal), 55 4/8″ (141cm) for a silver medal, and 58″ (147cm) for a gold medal. The horn length necessary to meet the minimum score for each SCI medal varies depending on the length of the shorter horn and the horn circumferences. However, an impala with horns 20-21″ long will often meet the SCI minimum, one with 22-23″ horns will usually meet the threshold for a silver medal, and one with 23-24″ horns will usually meet the threshold for a gold medal. 

How do you distinguish males from females when Impala hunting? When Impala hunting, it is pretty simple to distinguish between males and females, as you can see in the photos below (click on the photos to zoom in).
First, males (top) are noticeably bigger bodied than females (bottom). However, the primary distinguishing feature between males and females is that only males have horns.impala hunting in south africa maleimpala hunting in south africa female

If you’re interested in going impala hunting in South Africa with us, please contact us for more information or to book your hunt. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.

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