Read on to learn all about the great trophy hunting for Impala in South Africa that we provide in Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga Provinces.

Impala are medium sized antelope that live across most of South Africa. We hunt impala on all of our hunting areas, but the hunting for impala is best on our main hunting area in Limpopo Province.

They typically weigh 50-180 pounds and stand three feet tall at the shoulder. Impala have a short, light brown colored coat on the back and flanks with a white underbelly.

Impala are herd animals and are often found on the open savannah and in moderately forested bushveld areas. They will both browse and graze, depending on the food sources that are available. Impala must drink water daily and are never found far away from a reliable source of water.

Female Impala are often found in herds of dozens of other females and young, which sometimes includes a mature male. Males are normally found on their own or in bachelor herds. Like the Warthog, Impala are prey for virtually every predator in Africa and are often used by hunters as bait when hunting lion, leopard, or hyena.

Impala mate at the end of the rainy season during April or May and the females give birth to a single fawn at the beginning of the next rainy season in October. Impala have the ability to delay the birth of their young for a few weeks if conditions are not ideal. Soon after the rains come in October or November, the bushveld is full of baby Impala.

Best Cartridge For Hunting Impala
We recommend the .243 Winchester as the minimum for hunting trophy Impala. The .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum are all also great ideal choices for hunting trophy Impala in South Africa.

Impala Shot Placement
The traditional shoulder shot is usually the best choice for hunting Impala. When the Impala is standing broadside, simply aim at the shoulder, about one third of the way up the body.

Make sure you 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).

Methods For Hunting Impala
Walk and stalk is the most common method for hunting Impapa and this is how we hunt the vast majority of our Impala. Hunting over a water hole can also be a very successful method since they need to drink water daily.

Best Time Of Year For Hunting Impala
If you are planning on hunting Impala, we recommend the months of May through November, and September through November in particular. 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 these factors, the months of September, October, and November are traditionally our best months for hunting Impala.

Average Trophy Size
Our average impala trophy measures 21-22” and we occasionally take few impala that measure 23-25”. Our biggest impala ever measured just over 27” and was shot on our main hunting camp in Limpopo Province.

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