Leaving for Zambia tomorrow

Jul 19th, 2007, 08:19 PM
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Leaving for Zambia tomorrow

I am busy trying to figure out last minute packing but I am thinking we are somewhat organized as we leave for Zambia via London tomorrow night. I have a couple of random questions but otherwise we are set.
1. Is there a need to take a flashlight or reading light?
2. It looks like we could either have the two prong plug or three prong and I am confused, we only have the two prong. Would the camps have these for us?
3. What else? I guess just relax and enjoy.

Thanks for all your advice and help,I will put together a trip report when I return.

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Jul 19th, 2007, 08:30 PM
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I find at night a tiny flashlight very useful. I use a Maglite that uses AAA batteries. It is very small and light. Sometimes at night when walking with the camp escort who has a flashlight I still like to use this little one for the pathway. I also keep it by the bed for a quick light for getting up for any reason during the night. Also, after game drive sundowners it can be dark and it helps finding your way around the vehicle. Finally, I use it on the night game drives to check camera settings and such. Many camps provide a nice big flashlight for you but it is just way to large to carry around everywhere. So, I like to have one in my pocket at night. However, my dear Carolyn never bothers with one. YMMV.

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Jul 19th, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Take a flashlight. You can use it to read if you are not too exhausted at night. It is a good idea to have one because most camps don't have electricity and if you want to get up in the night, a torch (as they call it) helps.

I don't know about prongs.

You've got #3 right.
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Jul 19th, 2007, 09:35 PM
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Have a great time Debbie!!!! The lodges should have adapter plugs, my mind is a blank on what plugs I used, but just looked at the ones I have and both have 3 prongs. Do take a flashlight. Mine came in handy one night when we got a flat tire, and for getting up in the middle of the night looking for crawly things on the way to the loo. You're going to love Zambia!
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Jul 19th, 2007, 09:39 PM
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ENJOY!!!! <)
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Jul 20th, 2007, 01:32 AM
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You will have a great time. We had some superb lion sightings in the Lower Zambezi this week and last week.

You should be able to use the 2 prong US style plugs without adapters.

Enjoy your trip.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 09:06 AM
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Thanks everyone, BA just cancelled our flight due to weather at LHR which seems odd considering we don't land until tomorrow at 1pm. Good thing we scheduled a couple of days in London prior to the Africa flight. I am rather disappointed but since there are no options we will roll with it.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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Or if you don't want to take a flashlight,
take a small headlamp.

They come in pretty handy if you want both hands free, and have different brightness levels. I take mine on most trips.

Have a wonderful trip.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 09:44 AM
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Sorry to hear about the flight - yes, do just roll with it. And have a wonderful, fabulous time in Zambia. Can't wait to hear about your experiences!
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Jul 20th, 2007, 10:25 AM
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My flight to Kenya in January was cancelled due to weather in Europe. The airline couldn't get me another flight for 2 days. I ended up cancelling that one and getting a whole new flight the next day. (Luckily it was only a couple of hundred more.)

Good luck getting there and have a great trip! I look forward to hearing about it when you return.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 12:48 PM
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For anyone worried about weight requirements, the tiny book lights that are sold at Borders and Barnes and Noble, are great. Good for reading at camps that don't have electricity all night or if your spouse is sleeping, and also good by the bedside to make your way to the bathroom at night.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 02:02 PM
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Have a great trip. I am sorry about the delayed departure but at least it is a lost day in London and not on safari. [We liked having our tiny maglite also.]
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Jul 20th, 2007, 05:06 PM
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Have a wonderful trip, Debbie. I'm hoping to go to Zambia next year so I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
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Jul 20th, 2007, 10:40 PM
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I will be in Zambia next week so hope you have fun. If you go river rafting, i'd love to know which comapny and if it was easy to get money from the Barclays bank atm.

I bought a solar flashlight and magellans.com has a great website for looking up adapters and plugs, but sounds like eveyrone told you which ones. I am bringing two types: two prongs and three prongs.

Have a great time and good luck with your flights. sounds frustrating.
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