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South Africa : Northern Cape

37.8 km (23.5 miles) S of De Aar, Northern Cape, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1328 m (4356 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 31°N 156°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the East #3: View to the South #4: View to the West #5: GPS at 31S 24E #6: The four of us, Marc, Di, Gerna, Cecil. Mission accomplished! #7: My brother Cecil, taking the shots for a panoramic 360°. The GPS is pointed out by the red arrow. #8: The point where we left the girls, still about 2 km away from where the photo was taken.

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  31°S 24°E (visit #1)  

#1: View to the North

(visited by Marc Theron and Cecil Theron)

28-Dec-2003 -- During our Christmas holidays to South Africa, we visited the Western Cape with my brother Cecil, his wife Gerna and Di, my better half. I had learned about the Degree Confluence Project while surfing the Internet at home. I saw that there were still some points in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, a sparsely populated area, which had not yet been visited.

After a brief discussion we decided that we would try and reach 31S 24E. This meant that we had to make a detour of a few hours from our initial travel plan but none of us minded too much as we were on holiday. The last 20 km to the Confluence was a bumpy drive down a dirt road and we eventually arrived as close to the point as possible by road. The Confluence we were headed for was still approximately 2.5 km away.

We tried to ask permission at a nearby farm house as it seemed to be on the land of a nearby farm, but we only met some friendly guard dogs and unfortunately no people! So my brother and I set off across the field, after leaving our partners in the car. It was a scorching 38° Celsius as by now it was around midday.

When we arrived at the Confluence we took photos of the GPS to prove that we had been to the correct co-ordinates. The whole experience took a couple of hours and we were all very pleased at our little adventure.


 All pictures
#1: View to the North
#2: View to the East
#3: View to the South
#4: View to the West
#5: GPS at 31S 24E
#6: The four of us, Marc, Di, Gerna, Cecil. Mission accomplished!
#7: My brother Cecil, taking the shots for a panoramic 360°. The GPS is pointed out by the red arrow.
#8: The point where we left the girls, still about 2 km away from where the photo was taken.
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