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Re: Electricity

Unread postby annapangolin » Sat May 16, 2009 1:43 pm

That makes sense now- thanks. I've just called the OW in Durbanville and they do have them, but they call them 'caravan adapters' (it's the same thing, right?). Still R150, but it's the sort of thing I can give to a friendly stranger (or a forumite in need) when I leave SA for good.

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Re: Electricity

Unread postby billyf » Sat May 16, 2009 1:55 pm

Also check with caravan and camping shops - you may get it at a better price.

Yes, it will be a great parting gift - I think every 10th person going camping in KTP has to buy one at one of the camp shops.

BUT - if your neighbours in KTP are using an extension cord - you can usually plug in with them, at their double adaptor at their tent. We have done this a number of times as we only use the electricity for lights and a kettle.
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Re: Electricity

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat May 16, 2009 1:56 pm

Moose, If you dont forget it in the elec box in camp ... Been there, done that Pulled out our 'normal' plug, not thinking that the adapter was not part of the box
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Re: Electricity

Unread postby BigFiveFan » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:52 am

The Blue Plug is called the Fredlin adapter. But the camping shops will know what you are refering to when mentioning the "blue plug".

Bought mine on 22 June 2009 at Campworld for R110.

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Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby Skyjuggler » Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:52 am

Greetings all experienced arid parkers... I hope you can help us out with a quick question...

We're off to KTP for a couple of weeks where we're camping at Tweerivieren, Nossob and Mata-mata. We've punctuated this with one or two nights at each of the wilderness camps. Before all this, we're camping for just two nights in Augrabies...

Our question is this...

What is the electricity situation like? Does each campsite have it own dedicated power point or is it a bit like Punda Maria where you need to bring lots of extension cords? We're not relying on power, but it would be nice to have...

Thanks for the assistance in advance...

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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby billyf » Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:57 am

hi there SJ - hope you don't mind the abbreviation.

Powerpoints are shared - so take along an extension cord. I usually take a 10m and a 25m - just in case. Last time a 5m would have been adequate

And remember your Blue adaptor

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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby Caracal » Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:24 pm

Hi Skyjuggler
Remember there are no plug points at all at the Wilderness camps.
Have a wonderfuil time..I look forward to hearing about your trip !

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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby arks » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:43 pm

Hi SJ and Welcome!

As Caracal points out, there are no electrical outlets at the Wilderness camps. I always travel with car chargers, despite the space that this takes in my luggage flying from overseas, rather be safe than sorry. Or was your concern other than charging your camera batteries, cellphone (no reception in KTP apart from TR ), etc?

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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby Skyjuggler » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:11 pm

Hi Arks, thanks for the help as well.

We're not too worried about charging things, it was just going to make a difference as to what we packed... We have a split charged battery but it's always nice to give it a break from the old freezer. Having no access at all would've meant we could leave behind the stuff that ONLY runs on 220V.

Thanks again all for the help... We'll let you know how it goes...

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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:25 pm

Do they still switch off the electricity at Nossob at 23h00 until 5h00?

I think they do. When I was there in December I slept through and did not find out!
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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:08 pm

They still do BB

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Powerpoints

Unread postby Daffy » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:59 am

Goodmorning all,

october 11th we will visit KTP for the first time for 7 nights. We wil stay at Nossob, Grootkolk, KTC and Irikaruus. We have learnt a great deal visiting the forum for the last 9 months. The information is very usefull for preparing the trip. There is one subject about about powerpoints that is bothering us. Are there powerpoints in all the camps? It would scare us if we have to stop making pictures for failing batterys.

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Re: Powerpoints

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:39 pm

Welcome to the forum Daffy.

There are the standard 3 pin SA powerpoints in Nossob for sure. If you are camping you will need a 'blue' caracan plug adaptor.
The chalets have plug points, although they switch the electricity off from 23h00 to 5h00, as it is generated there.

Cannot remember at Grootkolk and I have not stayed in the rest.

How is your research going, maybe I can help here.
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Re: Powerpoints

Unread postby Hippotragus » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:17 pm

Hi Daffy

Haven't been to KTP yet - going next May - but have done some research and chatted to people.

As far as I know (please someone with more knowledge send a reply), the Wilderness Camps do not have power points: i.e. Kalahari Tented Camp, Urikarus and Grootkolk.

You will have to get a car charger for your cameras, fridges etc.

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Re: Powerpoints

Unread postby Micetta » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:26 pm

A warm welcome to the forum Daffy!

Maybe this can help you
Electricity
Most accommodation has poweroutlets, unless otherwise stated. There may be restrictions on it though, some camps run generators that are switched off during the night. Campers should bring an extensioncord of at least 25 meters long, fitted with the "blue plug". This 240 Volt blue plug is rated at 16 Amps and is suitable for use with extension cables outside.
Chargers for batteries that can be run off the car batteries are recommended for people doing a lot of photography.
Do not run an inverter off your main cranking battery in the car while stopped, they chew batteries. Only run your inverter whilst your car is running.
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I believe an inverter (to convert 12v car battery to 220v ~ current) is a definate must to charge camera batteries, download photos to laptop, charge laptop etc as many of the camps don't have electricity (for this purpose).
You are correct in assuming that.
TR , Nossob and Mata Mata all have plug points..whether you are camping or staying in chalets. Urikaruus. Kalahari Tented Camp, Kielie Krankie, Grootkolk, Gharagab and Bitterpan do not..there you will need to make a plan !!!


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