02-Aug-2005 -- Dave Ringwood and John Wightman tried to get to the Confluence already on 24 July but the tree cover was too thick and we kept losing signal with an old Garmin III+.
On 2 August The Gaboneers (we being the first South African overlanders to visit the game parks of Gabon) John and Dave along with Pam Shelton, Paul Sheller, Garth Diers, Gail Diers, YG Griffiths and Hugh Stoyell parked cars at the main road between Ndjolé and Oyem 730 m from the Confluence and started to walk towards it. It took us about 2 hours to get there, crossing two streams and several logging paths. We had to use a machete a few times, too. There was evidence of elephants nearby, as there were fresh dung lying on the paths. Fortunately, we had three newer GPS units, which were able to pick up the weak signal and so it was a happy group at the Confluence.
To get back, we tried to follow some of the logging paths but ended up about a kilometre from the cars. Paul was stung by a scorpion and the folks consumed large quantities of water, as it was quite warm.