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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby ecojunkie » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:47 pm

I have heard about sleeping under wet towels or sheets....but wonder what damage it does to the mattress.
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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby GlenD » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:05 pm

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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:32 pm

Looking silly is the LAST thing you think of in 45+ giraffee.

The silly ones are those trying to look 'cool'.
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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Spinnekop » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:36 pm

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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Joao » 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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Sparrow » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:14 am

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

Unread postby twigga » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:41 am

Walking on sunshine! 8)
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...
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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:05 am

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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby bert » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:18 am

just back from 43
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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Scottm » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:24 pm

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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby GlenD » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:42 pm

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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Re: Coping with the heat - tips

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:04 pm

You might hit somebody GlenD :twisted:

Thanks for the reason ScottM.

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Re: How HOT does it really get

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:38 am

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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Re: How HOT does it really get

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:44 am

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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Re: How HOT does it really get

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:59 am

Yesterdays max from SA Weather :

PHALABORWA AIRPORT AWS 31.2
SKUKUZA 33.0
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.


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