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Gabon

4.1 km (2.5 miles) NNE of Manioc, Moyen-Ogooué, Gabon
Approx. altitude: 218 m (715 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 0° 169°W

Accuracy: 25 m (82 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: East view #3: South view #4: West view #5: GPS #6: On the spot #7: The group #8: View towards the forest #9: The starting point on the road

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  0° 11°E (visit #2)  

#1: North view

(visited by John Wightman, Pam Shelton, Paul Sheller, David Ringwood, YG Griffiths, Hugh Stoyell, Garth Diers and Gail Diers)

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.


 All pictures
#1: North view
#2: East view
#3: South view
#4: West view
#5: GPS
#6: On the spot
#7: The group
#8: View towards the forest
#9: The starting point on the road
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