11-Oct-2015 -- This is the second out of 6 reports, describing confluence visits in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The story continues from 16°S 28°E. More pictures about our trip can be found here.
We had lunch in the town Mazabuka (80 km from the confluence point). There, we got the national dish: Nshima (made of white corn) which comes with chicken and spinach. At the town Monze, we left the tarmac road, progressing slowly the 70 km to the village Chitongo. From there, we were able to drive another 8 km on tracks until we parked the car at a distance of 400 m. During the little hike our clothes got coloured black from the ashes of burnt grass and bushes.
Right at the confluence point the grass had not burnt yet. The point is on a little field that is probably used for grazing cows. All around are scattered trees and cacti. On our little hike, we didn’t meet anybody. Although the local people are very friendly, I was happy not to meet anybody to avoid questions that would not have found satisfying answers.
We returned the same route back to our car and drove back the same route to Chitongo. From there, an asphalt road took us quickly to the main road at Choma, where we spend the night.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 8000 m
- Distance to a track: 400 m
- Distance of car parking: 400 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 45 minutes
- Time at the CP: 3:09 PM
- Measured height: 993 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: almost flat
- Vegetation: field with short and long grass, scattered trees.
- Weather: cloudless, 29° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Nshima Confluence
The story continues at 18°S 26°E.