WATCH THIS before buying a drone in South Africa! | trying2adult

WATCH THIS before buying a drone in South Africa! | trying2adult

There are quite a few options out there for someone who wants to buy a drone in South Africa. DJI pretty much has a monopoly in this industry and it’s a good thing they make great drones. There are a few good alternative manufacturers out there like Parrot and Autel, however, these tend to be a bit more expensive than DJI in South Africa and you may have to hustle a lot to get them fixed if they break…and drones break quite a lot.

Drones are quite expensive in South Africa, and they tend to be very expensive to maintain too. The cheapest repair cost you will see out there if you break your gimbal (the most common way to damage a drone) is R6,000 for a DJI Mavic Pro. It’s a lot more expensive for the newer versions.

If you would like to buy brand new in South Africa, I recommend the following depending on your budget:

DJI Tello – R2,000
DJI Mavic Mini – R6,000 to R9,000
DJI Mavic Pro – R18,000
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom – R27,000 to R35,000
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – R32,000 to R40,000

Places you could buy these drones are:

There’s a lot more places that sell drones out there it’s just a Google search away. If you would like to buy a drone second hand or refurbished in South Africa, the best options you have are:

If your budget is less than R10,000 then rather buy the DJI Mavic Mini brand new. This small drone is better than the much older DJI Phantom 3 from 2015 which you can get second hand for less than R1,000.

DJI Mavic Pro – R11,000 to R14,000
DJI Mavic Air – R11,000 to R14,000

If you have a bigger budget then rather buy the DJI Mavic Pro brand new which goes for R18,000. Right now, the Mavic 2 is still quite expensive to buy second hand (starting at R24,000 which is only R3,000 less than the brand new version).

You can buy second hand and refurbished drones at the following places:

#dji #mavicPro #mavicMini

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  1. Michael Tairoodza on August 3, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    “It has a sh*t camera”.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  2. Larry@South Africa on August 3, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Awesome video,thanks so much bro.BTW,still flying my spark since its launch,never crashed it,but because of the money outlay,I am super careful,but thats just my 50 cents worth.

  3. TH Nqolo on August 3, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Very great content. Thank you so much. I am a newbie in this field. Try to make a video on South African drone laws that seems too strict. Keep up the good work.

  4. ROCOL Racing on August 3, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Great video. Keep up the awesome content

  5. Mudinda N on August 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Bro do you have a licence or you just take the risk? I’m quite nervous about getting into legal trouble

  6. Donovan Struwig on August 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Thanx I found you vid on drones very informative and useful..thanx again..Donovan

  7. Phocas Films on August 3, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Nice 🇿🇼

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  9. Marschliono Alexander on August 3, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    lol, love the content.

  10. African on August 3, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    New sub

  11. Wild Hogs African Motorcycle Adventures on August 3, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Love my mini and my spark😀

  12. inverted isosceles on August 3, 2022 at 8:07 pm


    You could buy alot without having to repair anything😱bwaaaaaaaa….

    Sho boetam

  13. chubs on August 3, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Titles makes me wanna buy a drone for no reason but then again the adult says I shouldn’t.

    Edit: this video, shot on a smartphone, is proof you shouldn’t buy a camera 😉

  14. Good As New Appliances Repair on August 3, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    great content ,informative, Thank you son😉😉😉😉

  15. Nikita Koulandris on August 3, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    We can definitely help you out brother!

  16. Chris Grove on August 3, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hey Bro. Great video and content. Keep making more. We need guys like you making local reviews. Just got the Mavic Air 2 and love it so far.

  17. Viper 918 on August 3, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Since you are monetized do you perhaps know the law regarding uploading footage to youtube, if one does not wish to make profit by selling footage, does it classify as commercial when uploading drone footage to youtube ? Would really appreciate your input.

  18. The Ranting Igwe on August 3, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Great content, mate. Very helpful… probably would have been helpful 2 years ago before I bought my DJI Phantom 4 Pro 🤣. Luckily, I haven’t crashed it yet.

    You missed a couple of points that I suppose anyone looking to get a drone now should be aware of, and something that i only realised later (I’m a Land Surveyor and i’d occasionally do surveys with a drone – licensing! To legally fly a drone, according to the SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) you need to be in possession of a RPL (Remote Pilot’s License) and that’s about R25 000 – R27 000, then you need a ASL (Air Service License) and then finally you need a ROC (Remote Operators Certificate) and that’s about R500 000 to acquire 🤣. Obviously, right now you could maybe get away with a flight or two but in time that won’t be the case and you’ll either need to fork out the money… or sell your drone before it’s worthless.

    I still have my Phantom 4 Pro, but I rarely use it now and never "just to fly". Way too expensive a risk. Haha.

  19. Keketso Gift on August 3, 2022 at 8:17 pm


  20. The Idealistic Man on August 3, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the great content Tino. Do you fly for commercial purposes?

  21. Methembe Thomas Tshuma on August 3, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    "letha icamera msunu" 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  22. lit king King on August 3, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    This guy said that R7 000 is cheep

  23. DangerDave247 on August 3, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Lol, power SA🇿🇦

    Great content

  24. Ronald Kintu on August 3, 2022 at 8:21 pm


  25. Qayla on August 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Im trying to find drones that can take good pics but can carry semi-heavy weight thats not really over like R6000
    Any recommendations?

  26. battiatus1 on August 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Have a spark for a while now. Recently bought a remote for it. I can connect the rc to the spark, I can move the camera gimbal with the rc but the sticks are unresponsive. I can’t take off or fly with the rc. Only can fly using my phone… Anybody know how to fix?

  27. Sakhile Dlamini on August 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Considering the DJI mavic mini saw it on Takeakot for R8999 with the works

  28. thee Nwabisa on August 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    great content!

  29. Nick Barnard on August 3, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Hey dude…very helpful vid. Thanks.
    I’m keen to buy a drone this year, but apparently the drone laws in South Africa are super strict!?
    Is it worth spending the money with so many limitations?
    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated…

  30. TAKI LITUATIONS😂🤣 on August 3, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Which camera are you using bro?

  31. M M on August 3, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Am very much interested in drones they give a different perspective when it comes to photography but the regulations in SA make seen impossible to enjoy your drone…..How much does it cost to get ROC and RPL license???

  32. wancy hlonie on August 3, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Geez bro what happened to the Camera, need a video explaining the story 😢. Anyway all the best, like the videos.

  33. Ntombi Khumalo on August 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome I need one the latest

  34. Jack Kraken on August 3, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Lol my man talking about 4K drone footage when I hardly see 1080 TV stuff anyways. 🤣

  35. Tebogo Podile on August 3, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    I’m a student and like traveling, so I bought a GoPro Karma drone because it was a cheap option for me, it’s a GoPro Hero 6, a gimbal, and a drone in one package. It gets the job done, it can shoot 4k 60 flat colour but nothing near the Mavic’s log profile. But if I could sell it for a Mavic I would.

  36. Chauke Studios on August 3, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Brother I love the sound of mic
    Do you mind telling me which one is it

  37. keveshan naidoo on August 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Mavic mini all the way !

  38. Nico Barendse on August 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Just discovered this video and your channel. Love it already!!

  39. white fox on August 3, 2022 at 8:38 pm


  40. Sparkie Drone on August 3, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    What about DJI alternatives like the Mi Drone 4K, the Hubsan Zino and Zino 2, and Fimi S8 XE?

    Those are some great drones for a portion of the price… 😉

  41. Aditya Kanodia on August 3, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Bro Quick question in SA do you get FCC Version or CE VERSION

  42. Temmi Mzolo on August 3, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    After watching this video 📼,mmmh Im not gonna buy but im not gonna buy alcohol either

  43. Perfect Afrika on August 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Man I wish I saw this video before I went for a dji drone😪

  44. Cassie Botha on August 3, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Hey man!! One thing aswell is watching overseas cinematoc shots but also SA aviation regulations makes it inpossible to perform close shots to landmarks. I feel its hampering the tourism industry aswel. I bought a used dji spark and this has amazing photography vids and camera stills. The town of George where i reside has got a 10km no fly radiuis from the george airport! That means even your local park that is 30m away from everything is off limits. And the retailers themselfs wont disclose that. I wonder if the sales reps even knows this

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  46. Deon Rupnarain on August 3, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    you make me laugh buddy….nice video .
    seems like I’d rather buy myself a PS4 instead of a drone after watching this and crashing all my helicopters 🤣🤣🤣😜😜😜

  47. How To on August 3, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Bro i feel sorry you, you clearly deserve to be more popular as you make great content.

  48. Adrian Lapoorta on August 3, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Bro best laugh I had watching your video I’m looking at getting one but after your video I’m not so sure lol

  49. MuneebBaderoon on August 3, 2022 at 8:51 pm
    Thanks. Very informative. Please see the attached link. I work in Waste for Government and cannot legally use a drone for landfill auditing, even though I’ve completed my RPL and I have PPL (Private pilots licence). The laws are too prohibitive in South Africa for most commercial users. I’m not questioning the legality, but simply saying that the laws seem to be favouring monopoly by a few big companies, while literally killing the technology for everyone else. South Africans can only use them as a toy. The USA and other countries have a different, seemingly more fair, model for ensuring safety.

  50. Alexander van Wyk on August 3, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Hi bro. Thanks for this advice. I’m going to stick to beer instead. Can’t afford a proper one neither the repair bill.

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