Black Impala Hunt – David Watt

27th January 2017

After several years hunting in the North part of the Eastern Cape, in November, 2009, my hunting buddy and friend of more than thirty years and I, went further South, for our first hunt with Nduna Hunting Safaris, based at Nduna Lodge, near to Alexandria, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. During our stay at Nduna Lodge, I, along with my hunting companion Iain, was invited by Nduna’s owner, Gavin Ingram, to accompany him to visit his friend Clint, who owns a game farm not far from Nduna Hunting Safaris.

Clint was working on a Black Impala breeding program. The section of land reserved for this project had been invaded by three common impala rams, all of breeding age. Not wanting these intruding rams to interfere with the project, by breeding with the ewes, Clint invited us to take the intruders out. Iain and I were, of course, delighted to be able to help and so late that afternoon, Gavin took Iain on a difficult stalk down a steep, fynbos covered hillside, to some two hundred yards from a group of impala ewes, on the periphery of which stood two of the intruding common impala rams. Observing the stalk through my binoculars from the top of the hill, I watched as Gavin set up his sticks and Iain positioned his Dumoulin .30-06, topped with a Zeiss scope, preparing for the shot. Iain dropped one of the target rams with his first shot, at which the group scattered. The second ram stopped to look back and in the few seconds the ram stood still, Iain dropped him with his second shot.

Early the following morning, Gavin led me into another group of impala ewes. A short distance away from the group of ewes stood the third intruding ram. A careful stalk brought us to 130 yards from the ram. Bringing up my 7mm Rem Mag, I carefully settled the dot of the Night Force scope on the ram. I fired and the ram dropped where it stood.

On the way back to the lodge for breakfast, we spotted some ostrich. Gavin asked if I would take one of them out. The ostriches were four hundred yards distant and completely unaware of our presence. Gavin led me into a comfortable, prone shooting position, where I could use my bi-pod. My Night Force scope is equipped with a Kenton Industries elevation turret, graduated in 25 yard increments and specific to my custom ammunition. Gavin re-checked the range and confirmed that the target ostrich was still 400 yards distant. Setting the elevation at 400 yards, sighting carefully on the target ostrich and ever mindful of my breathing, I squeezed off a round and down went the ostrich.

A very satisfying morning’s hunt was completed by a typically substantial South African breakfast. Gavin makes the best scrambled eggs I have ever tasted. I don’t know what he puts in them and he won’t say!!

Iain and I went on to shoot three warthogs.

Gavin’s hospitality is second to none and we enjoyed fine food at Nduna Lodge, carefully prepared by the Nduna Lodge Chef.

Since then, Iain and I have returned twice a year to Nduna Hunting Safaris and now we feel as if we are part of the extended Nduna Family. I have been hunting in South Africa since 1997 and enjoyed many hunts in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Suffice it to say, that since hunting with Nduna Hunting safaris, in 2009, I have not sought to hunt elsewhere. Such is the comfort, hospitality, hunting experience and friendship extended by the whole Nduna Team.

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