Using a Drone for Safari Photography

What’s your favorite part of going on vacation? If you’re like most people, then your answer is probably taking pictures to help you remember your trip. While there are a variety of ways to photograph a holiday, one of the most interesting is using a drone.

Drones can provide great aerial views, which is particularly beneficial when you’re on an African safari. However, as you might expect, there are certain rules that apply to using a drone on safari, making this an issue that deserves a closer look. Here is some information about using a drone on an African safari that can help you decide if this tool is the right option for photographing your trip.

Why Drones Are Restricted

Before we dive into why it’s common for drones to be restricted, or even prohibited, at certain safari locations, it’s a good idea to examine why these rules exist in the first place.

The main reason that the use of drones can be limited on safari is that they can have a very negative impact on the animal life. Remember, the animals you see on safari have no experience with machines such as drones, and seeing a drone fly around their habit can cause great deals of stress. On safari, the goal is to have as little impact on the animals as possible, generally making drones a no-no.

Your drone may also annoy your fellow safari-goers, which could result in an awkward, tension-filled trip.

Drone Laws in Africa

Now that you know why using drones aren’t always the best idea for safari photography, it’s time to learn about the laws in Africa surrounding drones.

While there are some locations where you should be allowed to use drones, these machines are strictly prohibited in national parks. This means that if you’re in South Africa enjoying the sights and sounds at Kruger National Park, you should be sure to leave your drone behind and pack a traditional camera instead.

In many locations, you can be fined for illegally flying a drone in a national park. If you’re not sure if you’re allowed to use a drone, it’s better to err on the side of caution.

Be aware that there are African countries where bringing a drone into the country is illegal. Investigate before you start your safari.

Drones in Private Reserves

If you’re set on using a drone on an African safari, then your best bet is on visiting a private reserve in a country that allows drones in general.

When visiting a reserve that allows drone use, you should be very careful while operating this machine. Avoid flying your drone too close to animals and make sure that you aren’t damaging any plant life.

As long as you follow the rules and visit an eligible location, using a drone on an African safari should result in photographs that you’ll always cherish. Start planning your safari right away so that you can enjoy of the most exciting vacations of your life.


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