How do I charge my devices in Tanzania? How do I charge my camera while climbing Kilimanjaro? These are questions we get all the time. The answer is not as easy as you would guess. First of all, nothing is universal so finding a one size fits all solution is not possible.
Let’s start at the lodges in Moshi and Arusha. At these lodges, there are outlets in each room. The outlets in Tanzania are the typical United Kingdom type. More than likely, they are the British “Type G” BS-1363 version. However, it could also be the “Type D” Indian BS-546 5 amp. But this is not very common. They may also have USB ports built into the outlets, but they don’t always supply enough power for charging. USB has had three major updates since first introduced.
The outlets in Tanzania supply between 220 and 240 volts. In the United States, electronics only need 110 to 120 volts. If you are not careful, you can fry your device. But don’t stress, today, most laptops, cell phones, and cameras are designed to be compatible with worldwide voltages. Check your owner’s manual or the internet for each of your devices to be sure.
There are no charging stations on Kilimanjaro. It is your responsibility to bring chargers and make sure they are compatible. In addition to a charging device, we also recommend you bring spare batteries for when your charger stops working. Batteries do not like the cold. Keep them wrapped in something or in your pocket. Sometimes you can revive them by warming them up. Keep in mind that the generic batteries last about half the amount of time as name brand batteries such as Nikon or Canon.
A “tough” camera can handle the elements better and are usually freeze, drop and waterproof.
Some cameras now have a USB cable for charging instead of a regular plug. This makes things easier. You can bring a power bank or solar charger and charge both these type of cameras and your cell phone while on the Mountain.
Charging on safari is much easier since you will be staying in a lodge or tented camp each night. You should have enough charge each day by charging your devices as you sleep. Just remember to bring your wall charger and the Type G adapter. If for some reason, your adapter doesn’t work, talk to your guide and he can stop at a market so you to buy a new one.
Similar to the safari, you can charge your devices in the hotel each night.
In conclusion, we recommend planning ahead. We don’t want you to miss out on taking amazing photos because you didn’t pack enough batteries, the right charger or an adapter. You can read more on how to pack here: https://peakplanet.com/how-should-i-pack-for-kilimanjaro/