Electricity pylons in KwaZulu-Natal Province

With a few exceptions in deep rural areas, electricity in South Africa is available almost everywhere. 

With the growth of the population, business and industry, electricity supply is sometimes under pressure, particularly in densely populated urban areas when usage reaches a peak, resulting in a power outage. 

The supplier of South African electricity, Eskom, and government, have prioritised the extension of the South African electrical grid with the construction of new power stations, diversification of power sources and instituting energy efficient programmes.

Tourists to South Africa should be aware that:

  • The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
  • Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally.
  • US-made appliances may need a transformer.
  • Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.



  • Can I buy plug adapters and transformers in South Africa?
  • Yes, plug adapters and transformers can be found in many luggage shops or Automobile Association outlets in South Africa.