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#1 DrToonz

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:06 AM

Hi, all:

I've posted my many posts and questions starting FIFTEEN MONTHS AGO and now we're down to the final month before leaving for Tanzania.
Thank you all for your wisdom with my previous questions. I'll try not to come up with TOO many more in the next 30 days!

I do have some questions (yeah, I know) right now. This one is about charging cameras and phones.
I believe all my items are 120v/240v so I don't need a power converter. 
I have an adapter (it does all sorts of stuff).

 

A few concerns:
1. We are staying in varying accommodation. I wonder if you can tell me about these types of accommodations and their charging capabilities:

   a. Public camps. We are staying in public camps for 2 nights at a time twice (4 nights total) in our 8-night safari. Are there any charging possibilities in these public camps? (Lake Eyasi and Wild Palm).

   b. Tented Camps. We are staying 2 nights in a Tented Camp. Do these types of camps generally offer charging? (Chaka Tented Camp)

   c. Lodges. 2 of our nights will be in Sopa Lodge. I assume that lodges have electricity available for charging, but why not ask!?

2. Charging in vehicles. Our tour operator says that their vehicles have charging outlets. Do any of you know how many and/or what type of outlets we are talking about in vehicles?

3. What type of outlets are in TZ? I've attached a picture that says the 2nd one is the 'Africa' type. Is this accurate? What about for Cairo? (we're going there too).

 

We'll be bringing quite a few Canon batteries for our 3 people with Canon cameras (3 each/9 batteries). I just want to know that there are places to charge either while in the field or at night.

 

And a question that's more a curiosity than a concern:

   Will we have opportunities to be outdoors at night?

   I'd like to take long-exposure nighttime pictures but I don't know how the camps/tented camps/ lodges work for allowing wandering about at night.

   My first thought is that it could be dangerous. Am I just being paranoid?
 

What do you think?

 

As usual, any additional insight y'all might have about these questions, anything else you may want to tell me, or ways to get through these last days! So excited for my first safari!

Thank you!

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 07:10 AM

Kenya and I assume Tanzania uses the UK standard plug

 

the packet of the adapter has a list of countries where can be used printed on a card


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 01:35 PM

Yes, Kenya and Tanzania both use the UK plug which is the far right of your photo. I think the one you circled is for Rwanda (I know this only because I was researching this for my own trip yesterday!)

The tented camps I've stayed in have charging stations either in the dining tent or the managers tent which is just a whole bunch of power strips that everyone plugs their battery chargers or devices into. Usually they're powered up around meal time, not all day. I haven't stayed in a lodge since 2013 so I can't remember what the setups were there. Some vehicles I've been in have a couple of outlets that you can plug into. Just bring the right plug adapter when you go out for a drive. I haven't used them but noticed they were available on my last safari in Kenya.

You likely will not be allowed to wander at camp once the sun goes down. Lodges maybe but definitely not tented camps. In fact you'll have to be escorted to/from dinner, firepit, etc. because yes, it is dangerous. You're sleeping in the wild (which means keep your ears open overnight, you never know what you'll hear!) You may have the chance for post-sunset game drives, depending no the camps.

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:46 PM

. You're sleeping in the wild (which means keep your ears open overnight, you never know what you'll hear!)

This is suggestion is for your enjoyment and "entertainment" throughout the night, while you remain  safe in your tent, not for safety reasons.

 

Nightsky photography can be arranged by your camp/lodge if you ask.  You can also do night photography around the campfire in the evening, but the subject matter might be limited.  Ask in advance and staff are accommodating.  Does not look like you'll have night drives in your itinerary.  But the first 15 minutes in the early morning and sometimes at night will be dark.  Even if no animals are present, you could do scenery.

 

You are definitely not paranoid about not wandering around at night.  That is rule #1 at almost all accommodations to stay safe.  The very few incidents that have occurred with tourists are often those who don't heed that rule and head out alone in the night.

 

Kenya and Tanzania adapter:

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Cairo, don't know what adapter.  But this site is useful

http://www.worldstan...gs-and-sockets/

 

You have a nice mix of properties.  You'll have a wonderful trip.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:33 PM

I'm going to prepare on the side of caution for battery charging. I'll bring external batteries (Anker 26k mAh) and a charger that can utilize them. I'll also bring 4 batteries per person.

This plus a universal adapter (for the 2-round-prong Cairo outlets and the 3-flat-prong Tanzania outlets, a small power strip to multiply the number of resulting outlets in the truck (4 is better than 2!).

I think this 'overkill' approach will only cost a few ounces of items to bring along and the peace of mind should be worth it.

Night photography is, I hope, something that I can do at some point. I'll hit up our guide for info about that. Certainly pre-dawn and after-dusk times will help in that regard. Stars are usually best shot more into the night. If we have a night that is especially clear, maybe I'll see if our guide has a solution for us.

Staying in the tent throughout the night may be interesting. I think I asked this once before, but what about those of us who may be prone to needing to pee in the night? Just bring a vessel into the tent for those opportunities I guess?

The "...keep your ears open..." advice was some that I took as 'for entertainment' but I can see how somoene may have mistaken the advice for a warning to be ready to RUN or something! Yikes!

I asked our tour operator about charging also. They said that the camps have communal charging available, but not all night long.
They also said that the trucks are indeed equipped with chargers.
I'm thinking that we'll just have to be cautious and well-charged whenever we can.

Maybe, just maybe, we're ready for this!
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Posted 17 January 2017 - 05:24 PM

@DrToonz have you asked if the tents have en suite facilities? Many do these days so you may not need to worry on about needing to pee in the night.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

@wilddog: The tented camp (Chaka) is En Suite. The public camps are small tents for 2 people that are not En Suite.
I'm not too concerned. We cannot be the first to ask this question or deal with this. Hehe.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:37 PM

In camps they usually asked us to flash a torch after dark for an escort to the Loo.

In a less formal camp we were simply told to sweep the outside with our torch and if we saw two lights (eyes) looking back at us at about knee to hip height, stay put.  Sage advice:-)



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:31 PM

"...sweep the outside with our torch and if we saw two lights (eyes) looking back at us at about knee to hip height, stay put."
--uh....nervous laughter....
Sounds terrifying (or, with a slightly different attitude, ADVENTUROUS!)
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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:16 PM

taken as intended... Always the gentleman, I always offered to let Terese go first!


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 07:45 PM

Enjoy the beauty of an African night. The wild animals are not out to get you. Stand out there and take your star photos. Take the torch when you go to the loo, that is just common sense. I have spent many hundreds of nights in Serengeti, Ngorongoro etc., sleeping out under canvas or even without canvas, and can't think of a single scary story (alas!)


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