Impala stand 90 cm / 35 inch at the shoulder, with a mass of 55 kg / 122 lb.. Medium-sized antelope, slight build with graceful appearance, slender body comparable with that of a springbuck.
Generally, impala have shiny, bright yellowish to red-brown coats, slightly lighter at the flanks. Apart from a white band above the eyebrows, no distinct face marking. Chin and throat, inner thighs an under parts white in colour. A fine black line extends from the lower back to the tip of tail, another black band, which does not mark the white patches on the buttocks, extends down the back of the thighs. on the hind legs conspicuous tufts of black hair, something which is unique among antelopes. Medium-long tail, white in colour apart from the black band running along the centre. Long slender, lyrate horns which, swinging back from the head in an S-shape bow outwards, then inwards and slightly forward to the sharp, inwardly directed points. Does resemble bucks, but they are smaller in size and carry no horns.
Acacia savanna, light mopane woodlands and thorn bush savanna.
No natural occurrence in Namibia. On many hunting farms in the country through introduction. The impala has adapted well to the local conditions.