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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:47 pm 
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I have heard about sleeping under wet towels or sheets....but wonder what damage it does to the mattress.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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The hotter the better :tongue: Jump in the pool with a t-shirt on and walk back to the campsite without drying off. We also use a desk fan on low at night when we sleep just to stir the air a bit. Oh yes and dont forget the well chilled beers.


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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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I absolutely LOVE Kruger in summer. There is something about the heat that is very special to me. We were in Lower Sabie a few years ago during a heat wave with temps going up to 48 degrees. We slept in the safari tents and I will never forget waking up after a nap and I actually couldn't see straight it was so hot. I saw 2 of everything... Not from beer, promise.


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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:15 am 
The worst I ever experienced was at Letaba.

When we arrived at camp from Shingwedzi the information board at Letaba said that the temperature at 08:00 was 40 degrees. I was pitching my tent at noon. Took a cold shower every ten minutes in my clothes and did not dry myself.

Two days later the rains started which produced severe flooding in the south of the park.


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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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50 degrees C at Skuks 2009 what bliss

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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Great tips!

The worst we experienced was at Letaba, way back when....We walked around in the curio shop & museum like zombies, and paused extra long at the ice fridge to soak up the cool air...
All the staff became so suspicious of us. They screened movies in the auditorium in the museum and we watched everone of that movies, that aircon was so powerful, we were in aaaaawwww (wonder if they still do that?)

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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Wet t-shirt, when I can.. no pics available. :wink:

I find that keeping the neck, feet and tummy cool affects all the body. When I used to run in the olden days, I would keep my head wet. It certainly helped. I always wet my head at picnic sites before I leave if I feel uncomfortable.I put water in the freezer at night and keep myself hydrated with chilled water for as long as I can.

For preggy mums, place a cold, wet towel over the tummy. It is essential.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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my best tip is pack the swimming gear and after swimming do not dry up and stay in the wet trunks
with a wet towel wraped around till you are ready for the afternoon drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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Nature has ways to reveal many of its secrets to us - think of WHY an elephant flaps its ears in the heat - not to blow air over its body, but to COOL THE BLOOD.....

To acheve the same cooling effect, we also need to cool OUR BLOOD and the quickest way to do so is to keep a wet cloth over the relevant parts of our body - parts of the body where the blood is close to the skin in the arteries and veins - ankles, wrists, neck and head. (if ever you are cold, warming these parts of the body will generally provide the quickest route to warmth) :hmz:

So in extreme heat, wear toweling wrist and ankle bands and keep them damp, and drape a damp towel around your neck - it is the evaporation of the moisture from these items that will reduce the temperature of your blood, and your circulation will carry your cooler blood through your body, cooling your whole body in the process. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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Scottm wrote:
Nature has ways to reveal many of its secrets to us - think of WHY an elephant flaps its ears in the heat - not to blow air over its body, but to COOL THE BLOOD.....


I tried flapping my ears in October at Shingwedzi, but people started stepping away from me rather quickly, wonder why :hmz:

jokes aside, good advise Scottm :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Coping with the heat - tips
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You might hit somebody GlenD :twisted:

Thanks for the reason ScottM.

Will be taking a few sachets of rehydrate on the Nossob Eco trail at the end of next week.

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 Post subject: Re: How HOT does it really get
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Now that it is spring I think we might see some sizzling hot days in Kruger over the summer months lying ahead but even during the hottest months there is a chance of some cooler overcast days. May Kruger have a good rainy season this year. Happy Summer Kruger visiting 8) :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: How HOT does it really get
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I have been at Croc Bridge on a day where it was 44degrees :slap: :slap: :slap:
That is when I cut the game drives shorter! Get away from that heat :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: How HOT does it really get
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