One thing I always make sure to research before international trips, are ways to use/charge my electronics and contact home!
In this blog post, I’ll fill you in on all the ‘must-haves’ and ‘need-to-knows’ when it comes to phones, adapters, and internet!
Firstly, let’s talk about phones!
Africa has come along way when it comes to cellphones! Even local bushmen call home to see when dinner will be ready, but that doesn’t mean to say that your smartphone will be of any use to you – there are things to check out first.
If you plan on using your cellphone abroad, you’ll have to either set it up for international roaming before leaving Australia OR Alternatively buy a local sim card upon arrival. If you’d prefer to buy a local sim card then make sure that your phone is not locked to an Australian network. Check this out with your phone dealer. Locked phones can be kinda tricky… If it is, then you can always purchase a cheap phone locally as well. Before you go and buy a sim card, let me tell you about which mobile networks are best for each country!
Have a look below to see what networks TravelJoy suggests!
Airtel, Safaricom, and Orange.
Airtel, Sasatel, and Vodacom.
Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom.
MTN, Telecom, and Orange.
MTN and TN Mobile.
MTN, Airtel, ZAMTEL.
But don’t worry! WIFI will be available in most places!
Speaking of WIFI, most hotels and lodges will provide you with internet to connect you to the outside world. This is normally in a common lounge area or foyer. Contrary to what you may think, African cell service and data may very well be better than the WIFI you have at home.
If you ask me though, I love being ‘off the grid’ from time to time. I think being ‘disconnected’ for a little while is really refreshing! Make sure to take loads of photos and video, but maybe leave the ‘posting’ ’till after you get home! haha
Chargers and Travel Adapters:
If you’d like to be able to charge your electronic devices, I suggest purchasing a multi functional travel adapter plug. This is very important as wall plugs and voltage vary in every country. Travel Adapters can be obtained at duty-free shops or at an international airport. We suggest you buy one that does the job for every country so you don’t have lots of loose plugs to take with you. You can even get them at your local JB Hi-fi!
Here’s a list of which adapters/plugs you’ll need for each country!
Kenya: British 3-pin plug. The electrical outlet supply electricity between 220-240 volts.
Tanzania: British 3-pin plug. The electrical outlet supply electricity between 220-240 volts.
South Africa: 3 round pin plug. The electrical outlet supply electricity at about 230 volts.
Botswana:British 3-pin plug. The electrical outlet supply electricity between 220-240 volts.
Namibia:3 round pin plug. The electrical outlet supply electricity at about 230 volts.
Zambia:British 3-pin plug. The electrical outlet supply electricity between 220-240 volts.
“Electronics and internet can be quite fun, but don’t forget to take in the spectacular views! Be present. Never miss a moment! “ – Ashleigh Spence
Africa is a wondrous continent, and should be shared with the world! When posting about your travels with us, make sure to tag TravelJoy so we too can feel what you felt as you explored Africa!