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Re: Kruger's rivers contaminated with cholera

Unread post by 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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Re: Water quality

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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:

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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread post by Trentonskeeper » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:00 pm

Ok thanks everyone, feel much better now about the water. Will look at a filter system too. Excellent idea. :)

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Re: How safe is the water to drink?

Unread post by Exbrakpanite » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:36 pm

We spend 4-6 months each year travelling to various parks in Africa. We are sometimes worried about the water and have started using the "steripen" which apparently very effectively sterilises clear water (filter supplied)with UV light

We will soon be discussing our experience with it on ourtravel tips section our website but just returned from Africa yesterday.

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Drinking water in the Kruger

Unread post by GavinW » Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:12 pm

Being KTP addicts, we don't get to Kruger that often, and seeing as we need the rain here in Cape Town, we've decided to go to Kruger in June.
When we visit the Kgalagadi, taking drinking water with you is a must.
What is the situation in Kruger?
We will be at the following camps:
Berg en Dal
and Croc Bridge

Also any other tips will be appreciated
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Re: Drinking water in the Kruger

Unread post by Crested Val » Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:54 pm

The tap water in Kruger is perfectly safe to drink, though some people find that it doesn't have the best taste possible.

You can clean your teeth safely and use ice cubes.

If you decide you are not too fussed on the taste, all the shops will sell bottled water, and shop prices are not too bad these days, so you can buy there if and when you need.

No need to bring a huge supply with you.

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Re: Drinking water in the Kruger

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:27 pm

The water is perfectly safe but many people do prefer to use bottled water just due to the slight taste difference.
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Re: Drinking water in the Kruger

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:17 am

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Re: Drinking water in the Kruger

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:58 am

The only thing to remember is that if the tap is painted red then you cannot use the water for drinking. Otherwise all water is safe.
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Re: Drinking water in the Kruger

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:34 am

I agree with the other replies - KNP water is perfectly drinkable. We do, however, take copious amounts of sparkling water as that is our personal preference.

If you are KTP regulars, I am sure (like us) you pack almost everything when you go on a trip. For KNP I would suggest you pop in some sharp steak knives, as the knives provided are blunt to say the least! Obviously you will take flasks and travel mugs for your early morning coffee on the road. The park shops are pretty well-stocked, so if you do forget or find you need something, you will most probably be able to get it in one of the shops.

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