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Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby Tumble Weed » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:35 pm

All rivers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are contaminated with cholera.

According to Mr Raymond Travers, spokesman for the park,
results from tests conducted on the water two weeks ago showed traces of the disease in the Letaba, Crocodile, Limpopo and Sabie rivers.

This poses no threat to guests in the park, however, as all drinking water is treated before being consumed. Travers agreed that rivers in the park are contaminated because people in townships next to the KNP often swim in the water. "This should serve as a warning for members of
communities neighbouring the KNP not to consume the water and stay
clear of swimming in rivers," he said.

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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:10 pm

Thank you, Tumble Weed !
We also had a report from Raymond Travers here .
Cholera has been found in most of the rivers in the park so if these guests climb out of their cars (which they are not allowed to do), walk down to the Letaba or Olifants rivers (which they also not allowed to do) and then drink the water, there is a chance that they could be infected.

However, it does not affect the drinking water in any of the camps (ie taps in bungalows and kitchens and at other facilities), which undergoes stringent health standard testing and filtration. I wouldn’t drink the water coming out of the garden taps though.

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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:20 pm

Pjw wrote:We are going at the end of the month and have just purchased a new "toy " for me :lol: Its a Neslte water coller, small enough to transport and uses the 5l nestle water bottles as the supply.

We also have one of those at our house in Marloth…the tap water in Marloth is not safe purely because the treatment plant is not always run that well. :evil: This cooler really is very nice, I’m sure you are going to find it very handy. 8)
I however do not have a problem with the tap water in Kruger…I have always trusted their “treatment” of the water…..we are in Olifants in 2 weeks time and I’m going to use the tap water.. :wink:

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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby richardharris » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:00 pm

Most tap water is quite safe in the Kruger - though I tend to drink bottled and have always done so.

Some taps on camp sites are well marked as not suitable for drinking. This was only in a couple of camps.


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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread postby GlenD » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:26 am

Hi All

This is a press release I found yesterday on


Kruger Park water safe to drink
03/02/2009 07:58 - (SA)
Johannesburg - The cholera-contaminated rivers within the Kruger National Park pose no danger to tourists and staff, said South African National Parks (SANParks) on Monday.
Dr David Mabunda, the chief executive of SANParks said there was no danger of contracting cholera from drinking water in the park despite its rivers having tested positive for cholera.
"We can safely say that our drinking water is safe from any bacteria that might lead to cholera as it is well treated before it reaches the water systems," he said.
Mabunda's reassurance came after 8 015 people were treated for cholera in SA since an outbreak began in November last year.
About 50 people have died of the water-borne disease across South Africa.
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Rivers that flow through the park that tested positive for cholera included the Crocodile, Olifants, Shingwedzi and the Luvuvhu rivers.
"Even though these tests were positive, they don't hold any danger to anyone as the only way people can become infected is if they are exposed to this water.
"As you may not swim in any rivers in the park, the risk of infection is very low," Mabunda said.
No cholera cases had been reported inside the park so far.
The park's veterinary surgeons and scientists also confirmed on Monday that there was no risk to any animals, including marine life, since the cholera strain only affected humans.
Mabunda said more tests would be conducted on the affected rivers in two weeks' time.


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Re: Drinking water

Unread postby Scout » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:01 pm

All water from the Kitchen areas are safe. :) as far as I know the bathrooms water is good as well...
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Re: Drinking water

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:29 pm

The water is perfectly healthy to drink but does generally have a brackish taste and is very hard , so purchase some drinking water by all means .

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Re: Drinking water

Unread postby DANKBAAR » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:42 pm

We allways take our own jerry cans with drinking water but for cooking and washing up we use the parks water.

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Re: Drinking water

Unread postby Pjw » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:48 pm

The water in the "garden " taps is often suitable only for watering the garden, but taps in the chalets, kitchens and camping areas are safe, but can be brackish. As previously said perfect for cooking and washing and tea or coffee, but may not be nice (although safe) to drink
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Re: Drinking water

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:58 pm

Suggest you take your own drinking water - bought outside the park (MUCH cheaper) the water tastes very brackish - makes lousy coffee (if you are a coffee addict like me)

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Drinking Water

Unread postby PAPA SMURF » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:25 pm

I was told that the drinking water for human consumption in Kruger is either undrinkable or unpalatable?
This came as quite a shock and I can find no reference to it on the forum or recent media releases.
Either someone is "having me on" :hmz: or almost everyone is drinking bottled water.
(jip I know about beer and other beverages)
If anyone has any info won't they please post a reply not only to reassure myself but it would also be useful info for others.
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Re: Drinking Water

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:31 pm

We drank the water when we were there....with no ill effects.... :D
We would even fill our water bottles from the kitchen tap to freeze....

Not from the gardening hoses tho :naughty:
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Re: Drinking Water

Unread postby AndrewGericke » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:33 pm

I have been in KNP twice so far this year and both times drank water straight from the tap.
I can't say I have noticed a difference in taste from the water here in Cape Town really and I certainly did not get ill from drinking it either.
maybe someone can enlighten us all in respect of any of the more "remote" camps where the water may be a bit of an issue.

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Re: Drinking Water

Unread postby WildThing » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:35 pm

Some months ago when there was all the talk about cholera, I remember the Park issuing a statement that all tap water in huts and kitchens was safe to drink, but not the water from the garden taps and sprinklers.

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Re: Drinking Water

Unread postby GlenD » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:56 am

CuriousCanadian wrote:Ben Franklin said " Beer is God's way of telling us he loves us & wants us to be happy" :D

I could have sworn Homer Simpson said that once. :hmz:

The tap water is fine, Iv'e been drinking it for the 37 odd years i've been going and Im still 100%. Well so the voices tell me. :tongue:

Just stay away from the garden taps.
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