What I need to know before Travelling to Tanzania
Before you go on any wildlife safari, beach holiday, or mountain hiking vacation to any African country (specifically in Tanzania), it is highly recommended that you have the correct information on what kind of travel adapter is needed for that particular country. Moreover, making sure that you have it with you before you leave home to that particular foreign land.
Also, you should know that when traveling you will be surprised how quickly the batteries of a camera will be used up. Battery dying fast while traveling will tell you how much we rely on having access to electricity because the love to take wonderful pictures and video never ceases. While traveling we try to make sure our friends and family are in touch by sharing our wonderful moments on social media.
Getting access to an electric adapter that can accommodate your devices while traveling will be next to impossible once you are traveling. This makes your trip more comfortable and stress-free especially if traveling on a continent far away from home.
Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha
While in Tanzania, it is vital to know that, most safari lodges and Hotels will have one to borrow should you need since it is common for them to receive guests who need such help more often, however, to avoid the ups and downs in the hotel stairs it is always best to have your own in your packing list. With so much to see and do, discovering all the delights of Tanzania can take a bit of planning – especially if you are planning a trip to Tanzania. It’s important to arm yourself with knowledge, to make sure you see all the delights this country has to offer.
Tanzania travel adapters: which type do I need?
Switch sockets in Tanzania are either Type D or G as shown above
You will need to consider what to pack, to ensure you can use your personal electrical appliances safely whilst abroad. This normally includes the use of a travel adaptor, which is a device that simply allows you to plug any UK electrical appliance into a foreign electrical socket.
however, it is important to note that it does not convert the voltage or frequency. For Tanzania, there are two associated plug types, types D and G. Plug type D is the plug that has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type G is the plug that has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. Tanzania operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Tanzania Voltage converters and transformers
Electricity supplies worldwide can vary from anything between 100V and 240V. It can be extremely dangerous to use an electrical appliance that is rated at a voltage different from the supply. As voltage can differ from country to country, you may need to use a voltage converter or transformer whilst in Tanzania.
If the frequency is different, the normal operation of an electrical appliance may also be affected. For example, a 50Hz clock may run faster on a 60Hz electricity supply. Most voltage converters and transformers come supplied with plug adaptors, so you may not need to buy a separate travel adaptor. All converters and transformers will have a maximum power rating (AMPS or WATTS) so make sure that any appliance you intend to use does not exceed this rating.
Dual voltage rated appliance
You can determine whether you’ll need to use a converter or transformer, by looking at the appliance rating plate. A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240V’ on the body of the appliance or its power supply. This means that you will not need a converter or transformer but just a travel adaptor because Tanzania operates on a 230V supply voltage, which is within the 110-240V range that the dual voltage appliance operates on.
Single voltage rated appliances
In Tanzania the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.
Converters and transformers perform a similar function, but their applications differ. Converters are typically used with appliances that operate for a short duration (1-2hours), whilst most transformers can be used alongside appliances that operate continuously.
It’s important to understand that some travel adaptors are not suitable for any appliances that require an earth connection. These types of travel adaptors should only be used with double insulated equipment, which will be clearly marked with the symbol shown below.
We recommend you check your appliances before embarking on your journey, to understand the requirements in Tanzania.
Some Hotels have these. Travel adapter may have less need.
Some Hotels and Lodges in Tanzania, Arusha, and Moshi to be specific have such kind of switch sockets in their hotel rooms and lobby. The installation of such sockets came as a result of recommendations from travelers who stayed in their hotels. Unfortunately, not all hotels have these options. if your hotel will have such or similar then, you will not need to use a travel plug.
SAMPLE TRAVEL ADAPTERS PLUGS
Above are some of the common travel plugs that most travelers use while traveling to Tanzania. These are few among many others that can provide a wonderful use when needed. Therefore, We suggest that you consider purchasing in your country before embarking on your trip to Tanzania.
According to The New York Times article on Best Travel Plugs, the authors writes that “After spending more than 30 hours researching and testing 14 options, we found the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter to be the best one. It fits four types of outlets, and it has more USB ports than any of its competitors, so it can charge more devices at higher speeds.”
After having taken serious consideration to the article suggests, we suggest that it is important to consider choosing the best travel plus that will keep your devices safe.