Drone Laws in South Africa

A list of drone regulations and links
for drone pilots in the South Africa

South Africa's Drone Regulation Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

No, it is not obligated.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

Yes, it is allowed.

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, with conditioins.

Does the drone need a badge?

It is recommended.

Maximum Altitude:

120 meters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from the Airports.

Drone Laws in South Africa


When you decide to travel and fly your drone in South Africa you need to be informed about the drone regulations about this. Always read the latest rules and information on the official web pages.

Main responsive authorities


+27 011 545 1000 / ClientCare@caa.co.za

Latest Drone laws in South Africa

Our advice is always to be up to date with the latest news and conditions before you decide and perform a drone flight. After that, you must keep also the drone laws in South Africa listed bellow.

General Drone Laws in South Africa

– Only drones under 7 kilograms can be flown. 

– Drones can fly near Airports or Airfields (closer than 10 kilometers). only with special permission from the SACAA. 

– Distance to people or private property – at least 50 meters. 

– Drone pilots must keep the VLOS (Visual Line Of Sight) during the entire flight. 

– Drone flights can be performed only in the Daytime. Flying at night is forbidden. 

Here you can read about the rules for using drones in the national parks

For more information on Drone laws in South Africa, you can read here.

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Some tourist travel tips for South Africa

South Africa has absolutely everything a traveler can dream of: good weather, beautiful nature, great beaches, irresistible cuisine and modern hotels. The country also offers an exotic palette of adventures from which unforgettable memories remain: from off-road and safaris to shark diving. It is difficult to name another tourist destination that offers so many unique opportunities for entertainment. Here are some of the most interesting places in South Africa to find time for.


The largest city in the country is the economic heart of Africa. With a population of over 3 million, it is the second-largest city in Africa. The city is often described as a harsh concrete jungle with high crime, but this is far from the case. Johannesburg’s biggest attractions include the Clock Post Office, which was built in 1897, the Central Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, where you can enjoy masterpieces by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Auguste Rodin.


The second-largest city in South Africa is located on the east coast of the country. Its subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, and relative proximity to Johannesburg have made the city a popular holiday destination for the population. The English colonial architecture that dominated the city was diversified by Islamic mosques, Hindu temples, and Christian churches.

The Dragon Mountains

The Dragon Mountains are a mountainous region that forms the border between the Republic of South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This area offers some of the most beautiful landscape views in the whole country. The original name of the place is “Drakensburg”, which comes from Dutch, while their name in Zulu is “Kwatlamba”, which means “Spear Fence”.

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