The water in the Drakensberg Mountains that is found above any permanent human habitation can be considered safe to drink. Hikers can use the water directly out of streams and rivers without adding water purification tablets or using a filter. If traversing the Drakensberg escarpment and inside the Lesotho border, there can be rivers contaminated, if they occur below the small kraals where Basotho shepherds live. It is best to avoid this water and rather take water from a small stream far from human habitation. Countless overseas visitors drink directly from Drakensberg streams. It is acceptable for hikers to swim in any of these streams, but not to wash with soap or use toothpaste in them.
Drinking Water in the Drakensberg Mountains
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