Metal Detecting FAQ's

In our metal detecting FAQ's we answer a number of common and frequently asked questions. Read our blog to learn more about metal detecting.
Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?
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Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?

Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?

No, not in South Africa. However, this does not mean you may detect just anywhere. You may typically detect on all beaches without permission. You will need to seek permission from your local municipality when detecting on private property.

Detecting on historical sites and heritage sites is off-limits.

Remember the golden rule when detecting, leave the site in a better condition than you found it. That means taking the time to fill all your holes leaving no sign that you were there. Remove any and all junk you detect.

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Are There Any Good Places Left To Metal Detect?
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Are There Any Good Places Left To Metal Detect?

A question we often get asked: Are there any good places left to hunt?

As the metal detecting hobby has grown in South Africa many of the obvious places to detect have been over-hunted. But don't despair there are still many places that have yet to be hunted and the latest metal detectors make it possible to find objects missed by older detectors.

Latest Metal Detecting Technology
Newer and better metal detectors are coming onto the market, replacing previous outdated models. They bring better metal detecting capabilities and features that make finding previously undetectable items now easier to find. This means you can now hunt in an area that would otherwise seem to have been hunted out and still find many hidden treasures.

Some examples of new metal detectors that are finding targets in already hunted out areas are the

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The Best Places to Metal Detect in South Africa
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The Best Places to Metal Detect in South Africa

Every avid detectorist is always on the lookout for new spots to go detecting. As the metal detecting hobby is becoming more popular in South Africa there are fewer and fewer virgin places left.

Fellow detectorists are very hesitant and cagey about sharing new detecting spots especially those where they get good finds. Therefore finding out where the best places are to metal detect in South Africa is not that obvious. With a bit of research, applying some common knowledge and with a bit of luck, you can find your own virgin detecting spot rich in finds.

Beach Detecting in South Africa

If you live close to the beach then you will definitely do well to go metal detecting on the beach and in the surf.

We are lucky in South Africa with our warm summer weather and many long sandy beaches which attract thousands of beachgoers a day. This makes for the perfect place to go metal detecting.

As beachgoers unpack and pack up their

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Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?
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Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?

Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?

No.

Quite simply: diamonds have no metallic properties. Diamonds contain no metal. A metal detector can only detect objects that contain metal.

The same applies to Gemstones and Pearls. We also get asked quite often if we sell Gemstone Detectors or if our metal detectors can be used to find pearls. Again, gemstones and pearls are not metallic and contain no metal so they will not be detectable with a metal detector.

However, you can detect Diamond Rings. Rings are usually made of gold, silver or some other metal, all of which can be detected using a metal detector.

What makes metal detecting such a popular hobby is hunting for rings on the beach in the hope of finding a valuable gold or diamond ring. If you are looking to find diamond and gold rings then yes, a metal detector is definitely capable of doing so.

Take a look at our various

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The Difference Between a Gold Detector and a Metal Detector
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The Difference Between a Gold Detector and a Metal Detector

Gold is a metal, so a Metal Detector is capable of finding gold, and vice-versa, a Gold Detector is also capable of detecting various metals.

Metal Detectors are primarily used by hobbyists who are looking to find a wide range of metals including, relics, artefact, coins, jewellery including silver and gold.

A detector labelled "Gold Detector" is usually designed and tuned in specifically to find gold.

A normal Metal Detector can be used to find gold rings, jewellery and coins which are considered large compared to finding natural gold such as small gold nuggets and gold flakes as you would when prospecting for gold. For the latter, you would need a true Gold Detector.

Compared to other metals, gold has low conductive properties which means a detector that operates at a higher frequency will perform better. True Gold Detectors will operate at much higher

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