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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby Senyetse » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:54 am

All water for human consumption in KNP passes through water purification works and is tested at the lab in Skukza every 2 weeks. It is very safe to drink, you do not have boil or sterilise it any further.
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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:07 pm


In the camps, taps used for irrigation, which may be fed directly from a river is clearly marked.
Though that water is relatively safe, it should not be used for drinking purposes.

But all the taps in the units use purified water.
Kruger has excellent and working treatment systems.
The water is safe.
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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:54 pm

Imberbe wrote: :thumbs_up:
In the camps, taps used for irrigation, which may be fed directly from a river is clearly marked.

These taps are usually painted red, or at least their inlet pipes are.
And there are notices at the communal bathrooms and wash up areas that will state which taps not to drink from.
If you see a tap painted red, do not drink that water.

If you ask at reception they will advise you :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby onewithnature » Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:08 am

I think everyone's assurances that all drinking water in Kruger is potable and safe brings a peaceful closure to the original concerns. I myself have never experienced diarrhoea from any of Kruger's water (or any SANPark's or other national park's water) - and I have a super-sensitive stomach!
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Water quality

Unread postby Karl 100 » Wed May 30, 2012 8:50 am

Water Quality
Hi guys, long time since I have been on the forum
I am going to do the 4x4 eco trail from Croc to Pafuri :D :D :D :dance: :dance: :dance:
I phone Croc Bridge to ask if the water quality in the tap is drinkable, they said I should rather buy water. :wall:
Does anyone know if this is for the whole of the Kruger or just in the south? :hmz:
Has anyone done the trail lately? :big_eyes:
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Re: Water quality

Unread postby DuQues » Wed May 30, 2012 9:34 am

It depends per camp. Last time the water in Shingwedzi was good for showering, but not much more.
And I guess it depends on the rainfall, so the watertables as well.

However you can buy water in any of the shops. So when you arrive you can just check it, and get some if needed.
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Re: Water quality

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed May 30, 2012 9:57 am

In 36 years of visiting Kruger ( in all the main camps) I have never bought water...always just used what comes out of the taps!!!

Was I being reckless, or have things changed?? :big_eyes:
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Re: Water quality

Unread postby Rooies » Wed May 30, 2012 11:27 am

GlenD wrote:I've always drank water out the taps, and im still walking around :roll: :tongue:


Same here.
In my 45 years of going to Kruger, I have never bought bottled water.
As GlenD has said, we are still alive and kicking.
I guess your body gets used to the quality of water in your area.
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How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby Trentonskeeper » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:08 pm

That Anthrax thing a few weeks back has me worried. We are coming up for 15 days over Xmas and staying at Berg en Dal, Skukuza, Satara and Lower Sabie. We are bringing our caravan up and normally I bring my own water when camping for a few days but bringing the amount of water needed for 15 days plus cool-drinks, milk etc is going to weigh down our van so badly and make is heavy and dangerous (maybe) on the road up. It's a 4x4 van so it's already heavy at 1.6 tons and we manage to pull her easily when it's a week trip but 15 days is a LONG time, never mind the food and clothing and equipment weight.

I know someone posted last week it should not be a problem but have tests been done recently on the water? Especially the water that comes from Sabie? I'm assuming here that the Sabie water feeds into the taps somehow, I may be wrong cause I am not a plumber but is it safe to drink. Not worried about showers and that stuff but actually drinking water. :lotsocoffee:

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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:17 pm

Please see Lesego's post here , Trentonskeeper :
Lesego wrote:The tap water in the Kruger National Park is safe for visitors’ consumption, provided that the visitors do not drink direct from the rivers. Although Olifants and Letaba rivers are the main sources of supply, camps like Balule, Letaba and Olifants have their own purification systems to ensure that only clean water is supplied. At Olifants they even went as far as painting some of the external taps green as an indication that the water is safe for consumption.


That might be the post that you referred to though ?
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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby PNF » Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:56 am

KNP water is actually safer to drink from the tap than the water that we have at home!

If you are really worried, get yourself a small filter jug ( +/- 1 litre) and put tap water through that when in the park. Once filtered, the water gets decanted into empty water bottle/s and stored in the fridge. We've had one in our caravan for some years and, although not used much, it is part of the caravan's permanent equipment. As you have a 4x4 van - perhaps you should seriously consider doing the same as you never know when you may need it when far from the madding crowd! :)
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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby okie » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:47 am

Water in KNP is safe for consumption , but since we have a built-in 40 liter water tank in the Landy , we bring our own drinking water with us . Nice , pure , natural , untouched-by-human hands , straight from the bosom of the earth , borehole water :whistle:

Then of course , beer is a very good substitute :)
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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby Scipio » Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:49 am

Then of course , beer is a very good substitute


Well, now since my paw told me what them fishes do in that dangfangled water, I get meself some brews for the thirst. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby bert » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:52 am

beer was created in medieval times because water was unfit for drinking :wink:

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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:08 pm

okie wrote:
Then of course , beer is a very good substitute :)



Beer makes coffee and tea taste very interesting, but makes the kettle a nightmare to wash! :lol:
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