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 Post subject: Power on Campgrounds
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:12 pm 
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For a coming trip in December I have booked a couple of campsites in various national parks, most of them do have electric power. I will be travelling with a tent only, but I would like to use those powerpoints to load my camera and notebook. So far I could not find out whether I will need a specific adaptor or whether these are standard power outlets that can be used with standard plugs.

I have seen that there are adaptors such as the Fredlin Caravan Park Adaptor, but is this something you really need? It looks pretty much like a standard plug to me. And if you need something like that - does anybody know where I could buy it in Polokwane?

Sorry if this question sounds dumb, but I could not find any information on the web, and being from Germany and planning my first trip, I am absolutely unfamiliar with South African Campgrounds.. I would be thankful for any advice.

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 Post subject: Re: Power on Campgrounds
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Some advice here Saguaro (welcpme to the forums :D ) and Foxy :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Power on Campgrounds
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This is quite a comprehensive list of items people take. The adaptors (and extension cord) are mentioned. Hope it helps you.


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 Post subject: Re: Power on Campgrounds
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:49 pm 
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Thank you Matthys and Foxy

So briefly browsing through the threads you linked, I understand that I need an adaptor but I should be able to buy it at Skukuza Camp in Kruger - which sounds good as this will be the first camping stop. I have little time now, but I will go deeper into your links tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Power on Campgrounds
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Saquaro, a very warm welcome :gflower:

Be careful when you buy the adapter that it is not the caravan adapter. I have one very expensive blue caravan adapter doing nothing. :wall: :wall: :wall:

I do think that you should be able to get at the Sanparks shops. Outdoor Warehouse and Sportsmans Warehouse also sometimes stock them, but you do need to find a sales person who knows what you need.

Extra extension cord is always handy. It is a bit pricey to buy in Kruger. I have sometimes been lucky and found a place close to an electrical outlet, but it is not guaranteed.

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 Post subject: Re: Power on Campgrounds
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Saquaro,

If you are going to camp, the best will be to get the blue caravan adapter. Its expensive and even more in SANPark's shops, but you will not be able to get any power at night to run lights without it. You can charge the camera / notebook from the kitchen area.

Can you maybe give us an idea where you will be staying. Kruger has the best layout in the campsites to cook and to get hot water, but you don't have that luxury at all NP.

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 Post subject: Re: Power on Campgrounds
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Hi Saguaro

This is the adaptor you will need to plug into campsite electricity outlet
This first picture shows the part that plugs into the electric outlet at the campsite- the diameter and pin size are smaller than our standard plugs and outlets

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This is the other side of the adaptor- where our standard plugs fit in

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hope that is of some help to you


this is what our standard plugs look like

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