Anyone have tummy trouble in SA or Botswana?

Jun 1st, 2004, 04:44 PM
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Anyone have tummy trouble in SA or Botswana?

We're thinking of a SA/Botswana trip and are curious if anyone has had any traveler's diarrhea? Is it OK to drink the water?

We're very accustomed to all of the preventative measures if it is an issue (just returned from Bali and avoided Bali-belly).
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Jun 1st, 2004, 07:02 PM
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Where are heading? Wife and I just came back from Botswana on safari and South Africa. On safari everyone drinks from bottles of water. In South Africa we drank/brushed teeth from the tap. Had no problems at all. Also did Bali in the same trip and avoided Bali Belly as well by just drinking from bottles of water. Hope this helps.
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Jun 1st, 2004, 11:03 PM
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It is often and widely reported that South Africa is one of only 12 countries where water can be drunk safely from the tap, and that is has been judged the 3rd best in the World. Although I confess I've been unable to find the source of those stats, or even then name of the other countries.

In any event, every now and then a South African newspaper does a blind tasting of the tap water against expensive bottled waters, and the former ranks higher than most of the latter!

We are fortunate in that the catchment areas are generally high in the mountains and away from industrial zones.

I don't know about Botswana.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 03:46 AM
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In SA we drank tap water everywhere - no problems. In Botswana, we used bottled water - no problems.

In those countries were it is suggested you drink bottle water, this is available for purchase everywhere (inexpensive) and most often provided free at the camps.

But if ever unsure, anywhere, go with bottled water.
Jun 3rd, 2004, 09:21 PM
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We did not have any problems with this in Africa (SA and Botswana and Zambia).
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Jun 6th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Thanks everyone. Good news, indeed. There is always air sickness, though, isn't there?!?

I've heard all your stories about the small planes.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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Our Botswana camps recommended we drink bottled water - just for safety. Our systems are not use to their chemicals / minerals.
We did well with the food up until the last camp. Did have one night when dinner did not stay down.
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Jun 9th, 2004, 04:28 AM
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Sorry to hear you were sick on your trip. Just curious, did both of you get sick the one evening? If so, you may have had a case of legitimate food poisoning. Which lodge/camp were you staying with at the time?
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Jun 9th, 2004, 05:45 PM
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My husband did not get sick...just me. I did not eat that much exotic food. For dinner I had eaten the potatoes, zuccini, and bread. The zuccini tasted bitter.
Needless to say - it did not stay down long.
It was the last night of our trip. All other meals during the trip were fine.
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