Charging devices on African Safari - camping

Hi,

I am travelling to Kenya and Tanzania in September with 9 nights of camping. I understand that the vehicle has a 240v inverter. I will be taking 2 cameras. The one I will use the most is quite battery hungry and can easily use two 1200 mAh rechargable batteries a day so I will take one battery in the camera and two spares. I am planning on taking a powerbank, probably a 26800 mAh (97 watt hours so I can take on the flight), that I can charge camera batteries with. I will take a phone but don’t plan on being on the phone much (at all if I can help it) and most of the time it will be off. However, I might use it to back up photos off the camera and onto a flash drive in the evenings.

For the most part I think I will be OK and I think the powerbank should largely be enough to charge the camera batteries for 9 days - about 20+ recharges of a battery. My phone fast charges. I guess there are limited sockets on the inverter. Did anybody have trouble getting access to the invertor to charge up their devices? I don’t want to hog it or be very dependent on it but I might want to top if needs be.

 BW, BM.

Are you on the August 30/Sept 1 trip?

I am on the trip with my wife. First real Safari for us. Have don't a little self drive Safari in South Africa whilst on a work trip. Looking forward to it. On the battery front, just going to buy a pile of power banks and resell on eBay after the trip. You on your own or with a group? C

I am flying in myself and the group will pick me up in a hotel in Nairobi. I'll be on the trip with the group starting August 31. Looking forward to it; never been to sub-Saharan Africa.

Hopefully, the charging situation will be acceptable.

Great. We are not on the package flight either. I think we have a BA flight from Heathrow because it was cheaper. I expect we will be picked up at the same hotel. Looking forward to it. Not sure if any of the details, I ducked out of the organisation, I am rubbish at holiday planning. The little bit of Safari I have done was magical. C.

Here is my email if you want to have an easier communication

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Hey,

I just got back from this trip.

There were plenty of charging sockets on the bus we could use as long as the engine was running. Most of the campsites also had places you could use the sockets. There were only 4 of us though, might be a slightly different story with 18.

Be carefull with the spare batteries and powerbanks you bring. Eithiopian airlines required they be taken on as hand luggage and had various limits. Check with your airline.

Have a good time!

HI,

I will be taking the Aug 2020 Gorillas and Masai Mara tour. Just wondering which trip you did and how was it? 

Nicky

HI,

I will be taking the Aug 2020 Gorillas and Masai Mara tour. Just wondering which trip you did and how was it? 

Nicky

Hey Nicky,

I did https://www.exodus.co.uk/kenya-holidays/wildlife/kenya-tanzania-adventure/wyk. It was awesome. It overlaps with Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara and Nairobi on your trip. I really liked Lake Nakuru NP, saw lots of baboons and rhinos there. Masai Mara was great too with elephants, hippos, cheetahs and lions to see. If you have time in Nairobi be sure to visit the carnivore restaurant.

A trip to see the gorillas is on my list somewhere. I have no issues with going with Exodus again next time.

The trip was amazing, we saw many, many animals. We were unfortunate to have a novice cook and a junior guide, so things were not as amazing on that front as on my previous Exodus trips. I would recommend it; it was fantastic to be so close to the animals.

Someone from my gruop has taken the trip with the Gorillas and said it was good , too.

If you have not been in Africa yet arrive without expectations.

Tunde

Thanks for the quick responses! I have a couple of questions, you maybe able to answer:

1. How easy was it to charge items such as mobile phones?

2. What would you recommend re: cash/paying for items etc. when you are there (credit card, cash, travellers cheques)?

3. How did you get on with the camping? (toilet run in the middle of the night, temperature, noise, getting ready for bed)

4. What was the transportation like (not the game drives but travelling from one place to another)? 

Sorry for all the questions, I will be travelling solo :)

Nicky

Thanks for your quick responses! I wondered whether you could answer a couple of questions I have:

1. What would you recommend re: paying for things, once you are there (cash only, credit card only, travellers cheques only, mixture?)

2. How did you get on with camping (middle of the night toilet run, temperature, noise, getting ready for bed, comfort)?

3. What would you recommend to pack and bring with you, considering the limitations of using a soft holdell (clothes type, footwear, little luxuries)?

Cheers!

Nicky

Alan and I were on the same trip, so our opinions will be similar.

No problem with charging.

Bring cash, only the supermarkets in big towns will take credit cards, some bars, but cash (USD) is widely accepted, I did not even exchange money....

The campsite on the Serengeti has no fence, so midnight toilet runs are highly discuraged, unless you want to become snack for a leopard. But this part was the most exhilirating, like hearing the lions roar during the night, or hearing the zebras stampede.

It was not warm, bring warm sweaters, warm sleeping bag.

The tents are small, I paid for having my own, it was worth it! There is no place to do laundry, bring enough clothing.

I highly recommend bringing boots to prevent injury and taking home parasites that live in the mud.

Noise was never a problem.

The bus was not the most comfortable, big, old Benz, you will enjoy plenty of the "african massage", i.e. dirt road rodeo in the middle of nowhere with zebras on the side of the road.

Again, lower your expectations and enjoy the scenery.

[email protected] if you have more questions

 

1. Cash. There's high charges for credit card payments.

2. Needed 2 roll mats (provided) but no problems apart from the howling hyena right outside the tent one night.

3. T shirt and shorts was adequate during the day. Long trousers and something warm for the evening. 

Alan and I were on the same trip, so our opinions will be similar.

No problem with charging.

Bring cash, only the supermarkets in big towns will take credit cards, some bars, but cash (USD) is widely accepted, I did not even exchange money....

The campsite on the Serengeti has no fence, so midnight toilet runs are highly discuraged, unless you want to become snack for a leopard. But this part was the most exhilirating, like hearing the lions roar during the night, or hearing the zebras stampede.

It was not warm, bring warm sweaters, warm sleeping bag.

The tents are small, I paid for having my own, it was worth it! There is no place to do laundry, bring enough clothing.

I highly recommend bringing boots to prevent injury and taking home parasites that live in the mud.

Noise was never a problem.

The bus was not the most comfortable, big, old Benz, you will enjoy plenty of the "african massage", i.e. dirt road rodeo in the middle of nowhere with zebras on the side of the road.

Again, lower your expectations and enjoy the scenery.

[email protected] if you have more questions

 

That's really helpful, thanks to both of you. I may email you Tunde :)

Nicky

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