the Degree Confluence Project

South Africa : Eastern Cape

26.3 km (16.3 miles) NNE of Riebeek East, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 543 m (1781 ft)
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Antipode: 33°N 154°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: View south #3: View west #4: View north #5: View east #6: GPSr #7: Part of the group #8: Victoria and Nolene

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#1: General View

(visited by Mark Trollip, Nolene Rossouw, Victoria Trollip and Gerhard Fourie)

30-Apr-2004 -- This Confluence is on a private game farm owned by a Mr Spilkin, who kindly gave us permission to visit the point. The farm is accessed over long and bumpy dirt roads - definitely not a Confluence you can just stumble upon. At the farm we were met by a friendly Gerhard Fourie, who is the manager of the farm.

We headed off in his bakkie (pickup truck), first crossing a dry riverbed, then over a hill to about 200 m from the Confluence. It was relatively easy walk down the side of the slope to the point itself. The Confluence is situated at an altitude of 535 m above sea level between some bushes almost at the bottom of the hill. The surrounding countryside consists of undulating hills partially covered by thorn trees with low grasses and bushes in between. There are some dry streams and a dam filled with water in the distance.

It was very hot at the time of our visit but we were lucky enough to see some game. We spotted some Lechwe (these antelope are indigenous to swampy areas in Zambia and Botswana but have been imported into the Eastern Cape in great numbers because of their relative rarity and thus value to hunters; surprisingly they have flourished in the much drier habitats) as well as some Kudu (these are indigenous to the bush of this part of the world).

Thanks again to Mr Spilkin for allowing us access and to Gerhard for taking us to the point.

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#1: General View
#2: View south
#3: View west
#4: View north
#5: View east
#6: GPSr
#7: Part of the group
#8: Victoria and Nolene
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