Drone regulations in Botswana

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Botswana

Botswana Regulations Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

You need to have Registration.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

Yes, it is allowed.

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions.

Does the drone need a badge?


Maximum Altitude:

120 metters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from Airports.

Drone regulations in Botswana


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

Main responsive authorities


caab@caab.co.bw / +267 368 8200

Drone laws in Botswana:

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Botswana

Our advise is always to be up to date with the latest news and conditions before you decide and perform a drone flight.

– Your drone must be registered with the CAAB in any case. 

 – Max height of the flight – 120 meters. 

 – Max distance of the drone to the drone pilot – 500 meters.  

  – The Drone pilot must be at least 18 years old. 

 – You can fly only one drone at a time. 

 – You must keep visual contact with the drone during hall flight. 

 – Always give way to the manned aircraft. 

 – Flying at night is not allowed. 

 – Distance to any Airport – at least 3 kilometres. 

Areas in Botswana which are restricted for drone flights.

In the following areas, the drone flying is forbidden by the CAAB’s Law 07 (2016). Drone regulations in Botswana sais:

 – Over all tourism facilities. 

 – Over Wildlife sanctuaries and National Game parks. 

 – Over all public roads. 

 – Close than 200 meters to any Power line. 

 – Over moving vehicles. 

 – Over Animal world like the drone may disturb the animals. 

 – Over private property without permission from its owner. 

 – Near the international boundary. 

 – Over restricted airspaces (specified in the AIP). 

 – Over Military facilities, Police Stations or Government facilities.

There are options if you have CAAB permission- to fly over the restricted areas. Bit for those options you need to contact and request such permission. For this request, you must provide:

 – The exact reason for the drone flight.

 – The exact day and time of the flight.

 – Drone’s registration number or certificate. 

For more information on Drone regulations in Botswana , see this page on the CAAB website.

Some tourist travel tips for Botswana

Covering an area of ​​581,700 square kilometers, Botswana is surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. The country gained full independence in 1965.

Botswana is famous for its large diamond deposits. On the territory of the country is also one of the wonders of the world – the magnificent Okavango Delta. Interestingly, the river flows into and disappears into the Kalahari Desert, which occupies nearly two-thirds of the country’s territory. There are a large number of foreigners living in Botswana. In addition to the Setsuana language, English is also an official language in the country, facilitating communication with local people.

Located in central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the country’s capital. It is home to an international airport and many restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well organized, with colonial heritage – you will be impressed by the numerous German restaurants and shops, as well as the extensive use of German. The city is an interesting mix of historic architecture and modern buildings, many worth seeing, including the old Alte Feste Fortress, the Lutheran Church of 1896 and the much more modern Supreme Court.
The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world, and although it extends along the entire coastline of Namibia, southern Angola and even the northern Cape province of South Africa, it usually refers to the vast sand sea, stretching from Luderitz to Swakopmund. This vast expanse of breathtakingly beautiful sandy desert features an extremely diverse scenery – the massive red dunes of the world-famous Sosuvlei, the lunar landscapes of Namib-Naukluft Park, the rugged beauty of the Atlantic Coast, and the vast richness of its flora and fauna. The breezy and dry, ancient landscape is full of wildly adapted wildlife such as endemic chameleons, brown hyenas, African gazelles, jackals and seals along the coast.

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