Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Tanzania?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Tanzania. In Tanzania, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Tanzania und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Tanzania
DOutlets of type DGOutlets of type GOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Tanzania

Flag: About Tanzania

Tanzania is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa) with about 51 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 947 000 km². The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma (181 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Swahili, English and Arabic.

The neighbors of Tanzania are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

TLD: .tzCurrency: TZSCountry calling code: +255Country Code : TZ
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Tanzania?

Tanzania uses power outlets of type D and G. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Tanzania.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Tanzania?

The voltage in Tanzania is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Tanzania, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Tanzania?

The utility frequency in Tanzania is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Tanzania, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Tanzania, you should not use the device!