Drone Laws in South Africa
Learn about the rules for using drones in South Africa in this post!
South Africa has pervasive regulations regarding drones. However, I have received information from the aviation authority that these rules apply only to local users. Nevertheless, I would stick to the given limits (altitude, distances, etc.).
Overview: Drone rules in South Africa
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Further rules in South Africa
In South Africa, private drones can not ascend higher than the highest obstacle within 300 meters.
For private drone flights, your copter must not be farther than 500 meters away from you. Drone flights are only allowed in daylight.
From a take-off weight of 7 kilograms, a permit from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is required.
There are a lot of requirements for commercial drone flights. Take a look at the link above. You will find further information in the right side column on that page.
Those who do not comply with the applicable laws must expect imprisonment of up to ten years and / or a fine of up to 50,000 Rand (about 3,550 euros).
Safety distances and flight bans
At airports, a distance of 10 kilometers must be observed.
You must keep at least 50 meters between the drone and crowds or public roads. The same applies to private land unless you have permission from the owner.
Drones are prohibited in National Parks. We’ve already heard that cars in the Kruger National Park are checked at the entrance and drones may be confiscated.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for South Africa to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in South Africa!