Hunting Impala South Africa

Impala are the most hunted animal on an African hunting safari

Hunting Impala in South Africa
Impala
Characteristics
Scientific Name : Aepyceros Melampus
Weight : 50kg (m), 40kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 90 cm (m), 80 cm (f)
Breeding Season : May and June
Minimum Calibre : 243

About Impala

Impala hunting in South Africa is a much loved activity. Impala are highly effective mixed feeders and are widespread throughout Africa. They prefer savannah veld and will rarely be seen in the open plains.

They are gregarious and form large, family herds. Impala rams will form bachelor herds out of the mating season and will often allow a younger ram to keep the females company out of the breeding season.

But come mating season, the fighting begins and impala rams can be seen grunting and chasing one another to assert their dominance and protect their harem. Impala are one of the few animals in Africa to make audible sounds, like grunting, during the rut.

What is a trophy Impala

Only impala rams carry horns and judging an impala trophy is relatively easy. When hunting impala, look for horns that are parallel to each other at the top and have a deep curve when viewing them from the side. SCI minimum for impala is 52 icnhes.

Impala Hunting Tips

Impala have outstanding senses. Fortunately for hunters, their preferred habitat allows for good cover and walk and stalk is a very effective method for hunting impala. Impala hunting is a good way for the first-time hunter to get into the rhythm of an African hunting safari.

How much does it cost to hunt an Impala

The cost of an impala hunt is $400 for a trophy impala. Several impala hunting packages are available.

  • The Kudu Hunting Package $4900 for 8 days and includes a trophy impala, kudu, gemsbok and springbok.
  • The Karoo Special Hunting Package $4750 for 8 days and includes a trophy impala and a choice of 3 other animals; a kudu, zebra, blue or black wildebeest, blesbok or springbok.
  • Management Hunt Package $2900 for 8 days is a management hunting package that includes 4 management impala, 4 kudu and 2 springbok or warthog