Whenever I travel internationally I like to check the plug adapters, which was what I did before I went to South Africa. And they conveniently looked a lot like the European plug. I also saw that UK plugs are sometimes used. I’ve got both of them, I was set.
But then something told me to double check and it turns out that a few months prior South Africa designated a new official plug, that is not like the European or the UK’s plugs. UGH! I probably should have done this checking more than a day before the trip, but I was able to find the South Africa plug adapter in the airport.
But I did take the UK (had a stopover in London anyway) and European plugs just in case. It was a great move! Turns out many hotels have a variety of outlets available, this meant I was able to plug more things in! I still wonder about the decision of South Africa to get their own unique plug, instead of using an existing plug type. But, at least it worked out for me.