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Author: kmulica

Joined: 10/24/2010
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 0
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2011

October 24, 2010

We are going on the Safari Serengeti trip in January.  Does anyone know the availability of electrical plugs to recharge batteries for a camcorder or a digital still camera?  How reliable is the electricity in the lodges/camps?  What do other photographers do?

Author: veryfun

Joined: 1/5/2011
Posts: 2
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2010

January 05, 2011

Hello, Hope you are still looking for a reply. I don't think many people know about this feature for OAT/GCT. Our group of 12 did not. We just got back from Tanzania Dec 26, 2010.  Don't worry about recharging. The staff in all locations make it work.  Do have extra batteries and extra memory and don't count on getting on-line, as I hear it was very slow. At Olasiti, Farmhouse and/or Tloma you can recharge in your rooms. You will need the 3 prong adapters. At Burungee tents you do it in the shared reception area. There's a big table with everyones stuff on it. I was worried at first but 2 mins later felt fine about it. At the campsite you give whatever you need to the camp staff and they charge it when the generator is running (usually while they are preparing meals) so good to have extras while they have yours. It worked well.

You will have a fantastic time. Don't over pack. Wear things multiple times. The lighter the better. 

Author: dmarguet

Joined: 1/20/2013
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2008

January 20, 2013

no problem getting batteries charged. I would however take something you can hold the camera steady while shottiing, like a bean bag to sit on top of the roof. Lots of long shots. Take a telephoto lens of possible. Take lots of memory to store your video.

Also never leave or go anywhere without it, you never know when something will happen, life is everywhere you go. Even when you go to meals.

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