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 Post subject: Coping with the heat - tips
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:22 pm 
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We are in Kruger at the moment, and for the past week temps have soared each day. The locals are saying it is very hot. So while one does expect heat when visiting this park in summer, there are also going to be days of oppressing heat. I have been here when the temp hit 49 degrees C. Yesterday it was 44.

By 8am the animals are deep in the shade. So game viewing needs to be done very early.

How do you cope with the heat, and pass the day?

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Last time we went straight back to a B&B run by a few mites and settled into their swimmingpool.... Works like a charm! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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A damp flannel in the cooler box in a zip-lock bag, or even a spray bottle with water in same place helps. Or try a thin sarong wrung out in water and wrapped around you.

I try to keep an icebrick in the freezer and pull it out to wipe over me, wrapped in a thin cloth.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:12 pm 
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Air-con.

Sorry but its essential.

We also do the flannel thing, but we freeze it overnight.

When having a shower we don't dry off, just let the water evaporate. But then we have the luxury of a bungalow, not sharing ablutions.

Stay as still as you can during the hottest part of the day. Sleep if possible.

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Similar to what EJ recommends, a face cloth which is dipped into the cold water of your cool box and then placed on the back of your neck immediately cools you down and is very refreshing.
I saw something in one of the shops ins Kruger recently which worked like a sort of a battery operated demister with a fan which blew the cool fine spray onto your face and body but haven't heard any results of it yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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We just grin and bear it as the animals do.
Aircon and windows shut, don`t work for us as there are then no sounds from nature.
This is Africa in the summer months.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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Shower in your clothes & don't dry yourself.
When going on a drive, drench your towel and wrap it around your neck.
If you need aircon, stay at home and watch on telly, otherwise let the breeze cool the towel down.
Buy a supply of fruit juice sachets & wipe your face & neck before eating. You can deal with sticky later.
Take a spray bottle and spray your face with water.

I shall be doing the above in 2 weeks in Kgalagadi.....

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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We ha d scorcher of a week with temps 47 to 50C, at the end of October at LFTC Mapungubwe.
A wet towel works like magic. With normal tap water. At first I did not want to look silly, but did, before spontaneous combustion happened. And wow it works very well. Around the neck or shoulders or over the head with shades, can look funky :roll: . When the heat did not break at night, we even slept under wet towels . After reading here I’m going to get myself an attractive flannel.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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When out game-viewing in the car, we grin and bear it. Try to find some shade when stopping at sightings (easier in the north :D ). Shady spots near water is especially rewarding - there is usually a cool(-ish) breeze coming off the water, and if the windows are wide open it can be refreshing to just sit there for half-an-hour and see what comes visiting.

Worst hours of the day (approximately 11:00 to 14:30 or so, we make sure to be in the camp, bungalow's windows and curtains closed, and aircon going full blast :redface: (so that we can face the heat again in a few hours time ) - but never aircon while out driving.... Also cold shower at this time of day.

I'll have to try the wet towel / flannel thing next time (only a short few weeks from now :dance: )
Excuse an ignoramus - but is flannel sort of like a baby's receiving blanket? It's not a fabric I customarily wear or use....And which works better, a towel or flannel?


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You may know them as face towels?

Just small pieces of towelling material, usually about 20cm square. At that size it's easy to wring out the excess water.

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Having grown up in the then-called Zululand with extreme temperatures and humidity, TEA really helps you cool down, not cold drinks and ice cream! Stay clear of coffee.


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giraffee wrote:
Around the neck or shoulders or over the head with shades, can look funky :roll: .

:lol: Giraffee :clap:
A yellow towel would look good with your YR too :wink:

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MATTHYS wrote:
giraffee wrote:
Around the neck or shoulders or over the head with shades, can look funky :roll: .

:lol: Giraffee :clap:
A yellow towel would look good with your YR too :wink:


:lol: Matthys. Canary yellow with a pair of those huge ultra big sun glasses. :lol: and the yr.
i thought flannel is what they make winter pajamas from. flennie? :redface:

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I'll keep an eye out for you next time I am in a park, Giraffee :lol:

Flannel=flennie (pajamas) :thumbs_up: but Google says
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it was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton or synthetic fibre.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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One of the anomolies of different languages

face cloth, face flannel
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Brit. a small piece of cloth used to wash the face and hands US equivalent washcloth


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