As I prepared for my first safari 25 years ago, I learned I needed adapters in order to charge my camera batteries. I was told that the electrical current in East Africa was based on the European standard of 220 volts and a converter would be needed to lower the current to the 110-120 volts system that is standard in the U.S.A.
In addition, the plugs would also be different and it was recommended that I purchase a kit, which would include the converter and a number of plug adapters. Not knowing which plugs I would find, I packed the entire hefty kit. After arriving in Kenya, I found that only two of the adapters would be needed. I knew traveling light simplifies my travels and now I was carrying some items that would not be needed.
Fortunately, today’s technology allows us to pack less to accomplish the same goals. Almost every electrical item you may wish to carry with you on safari is now made with dual voltage capability – eliminating the need for the heavy converter. Before you depart on your safari, please check your devices to confirm that they have the dual voltage capability.
Today it is easy to find a “universal power adapter” – one that contains all the various plug adapters in one, lightweight tool. In addition to simplifying your safari packing, this universal adapter prevents the loss of the individual adapters that are included in the kits. Individual adapters are quite small and are easily misplaced or left behind as we travel.
However, I’ve yet to find a “universal” plug adapter that includes an adapter for the majority of outlets you are likely to find in South Africa.
With travel continuing to increase in popularity around the world, we can continue to look for creative products to make our safari life more comfortable and more convenient.
If we can help you with any questions about electrical devices you may wish to take with you on your safari, please give me a call at 336-776-0359.