Hunting impala in South Africa
Impala scientific name: Aepyceros melampus
Hunting impala in South Africa is almost a given as their numbers are plentiful and they occur in most regions with sufficient bushveld cover and vegetation. They are grazers and browsers making them highly adaptable to different areas with less or more vegetation. Droughts have less effect on their numbers than on any other plains game specie in South Africa. Impala have a very high rate of reproduction and are very successful in raising their young with so many eyes and ears ready to warn them against the presence of hunters and predators.
This is a small frame animal and most rifle calibers used will penetrate completely and exit on the other side making it possible to wound an animal not intended as the target.
Hunting impala in South Africa is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our impala hunting opportunities are not limited to a single Province as we have a variety of areas where impala hunts can be booked.
Impala are one of the top 10 most favorite animals to hunt by both foreign and local hunters due to the abundance of impala, and the relative low cost of hunting them.
Impala in South Africa can be compared to white tail deer in the USA as it is by far the most common animal that adapts to most regions without too much trouble.
Impala rams pull the scale down to an average weight of 130 lb., while females weigh in at an average of 85 lb.
Scent glands at the bottom of the rear legs mark territories. Impala feed on grass and shrubs, tree leaves and pods and fruits when available.
After a gestation period of approximately 200 days a single lamb is born. Impala females reach sexual maturity at two years. Young males can start breeding at 12 months but are prevented from doing so by the dominant breeding rams. During the rut males become vocal by snorting and grunting all hours of the day.
Young males form bachelor herds with one or more older males during the year. When old enough, newcomers challenge breeding males for breeding rights. Vicious fights can lead to injury and even death of the opponent.
Females and juveniles live in family groups and will attract attention from territorial males waiting for any opportunity to reproduce.
Anything that eats meat will have savored impala: young impalas are used for training young cheetah and leopard to catch their own meals before upgrading to larger antelope; spotted hyena, caracal and jackal will not pass up on an opportunity to collect an impala for dinner. Even pythons like to take the odd impala.
Information on hunting impala in South Africa
Impala hunting prices
Impala hunting prices South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 450.
Caliber for hunting impala
The best caliber for hunting impala in South Africa is:
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 7 mm 08
- 300 WSM
- 8 X 64 and any other comparable calibers.
Ammunition for impala
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes. You can use any weight projectiles depending on which weight consistently performs best in your specific rifle.
Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
Only use premium grade ammunition.
Gun scope for hunting impala in South Africa
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, you should purchase the optics you can afford.
The single most important issue is the scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient for hunting impala.
Average impala shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting Impala in South Africa is 40 to 150 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement hunting impala
The shot should be placed right on the shoulder in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Quartering to shot
Place the shot at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Aim at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs on the inside shoulder aiming at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing to shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Shot placement diagram for hunting impala
Impala hunting video South Africa
Tips for hunting impala in South Africa
Larger impala herds are more difficult to stalk due to every member of the impala herd being alert most of the time.
Caution must be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary impala and result in a no-hunt situation.
Best time of year for hunting impala in South Africa
Traditionally the bush is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly. During September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.
The best time of year for hunting impala in South Africa is:
- impala rut roughly during the second week of April till about the second week in May (give or take a few days)
- secondly, from late June to end October when the bush has receded most making visibility easier
We can and do hunt impala from January to December.
South African hunting packages 2019