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South Africa : North-West

9.0 km (5.6 miles) NE of Sheila, North-West, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1492 m (4894 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 26°N 154°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: West view #3: Piet and Willemien seeking point (South view) #4: GPS reading #5: General view of area known for maize and cattle farming as well as alluvial diamonds #6: Tracking point

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  26°S 26°E (visit #2)  

#1: North view

(visited by Paan Walton, Willemien Walton and Piet Dreyer)

17-Nov-2003 -- When we visited Lichtenburg, Willemien noticed that we are close to the confluence of 26°S and 26°E and decided to pay it a visit. We camped at Baberspan and from there we proceeded to the confluence spot. We worked out a route on the GPS using the map as shown in picture #6.

We finally got to within 4 km from the actual Confluence and started to enquire as to whom the property belongs to. Our first contact was Andries Beyers who refered us to Kobus Meyer who in turn refered us to Piet Dreyer of the farm Elizabeth. Piet agreed to accompany us to the spot but never mentioned a previous visit.

The farm is adjacent to Grasfontein, which is known for alluvial diamonds and the greatest diamond rush that ever took place in 1926. Some reckon about 26,000 people took part. My father digged for diamonds on Grasfontein and I was born there and started my schooling there in 1944.

When we got to the Confluence, we found a cairn on the spot and were under the impression that it was placed by a conveyor, but we learned since that it was build by Steven Lang.


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#1: North view
#2: West view
#3: Piet and Willemien seeking point (South view)
#4: GPS reading
#5: General view of area known for maize and cattle farming as well as alluvial diamonds
#6: Tracking point
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