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Re: Powerpoints in the Arid Parks

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

They still do BB

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Powerpoints

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Re: Powerpoints

Unread post by Daffy » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:00 pm

Goodevening to all you experienced KTP travelers.

Thank you for all your quick answers. We now can decide on buying a carcharger or extra battery. I think we w'll take the battery, since we will only stay two nights in a row without power points. We only use them for the camera's. Mobile phone and notebook is work!!! and that is just the thing you intend to forget for a whille in the parks.

Can't wait for our flight to Joburg sunday next week.

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Camping at Twee Rivieren

Unread post by KZNCamper » Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:18 pm

We are about to head to Twee Rivieren in June but were unable to obtain a campsite with power. Does anybody know if you are able to approach other campers with electricity and share a connection? If so what length extention codes should one be looking at? SANP staff not been very helpful with replies!

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Re: Camping at Twee Rivieren

Unread post by billyf » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:26 pm

Hi there, you should be able to share with somebody - take along about 30m of cable, that should be more than adequate (I always take two extension cords, one of about 10m and one of 30m). Enjoy the camping :

And remember, if you do actually get a site with electricity, you need the BLUE adaptor.
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Charging of batteries

Unread post by Touareg » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:30 am

I will be heading off to KTP in a week and for the first time be spending 3 nights in KTC, Urikaruus and Kieliekrankie. In the past I have only stayed in the main camps. My question is relating to the charging of camera batteries/laptop battery etc in the Wilderness camps. Are these camps generator or solar powered. Is the power supply sufficiently stable to do the charging or do you suggest I get an inverter for the vehicle to do the charging on the go?
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Re: Charging of batteries

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:41 am

Hi Toureg,

The wilderness camps are solar powered.

You will need an inverter to charge camera batteries.


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