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South Africa : Northern Cape

60.6 km (37.6 miles) NE of Karos, Northern Cape, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1118 m (3667 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 28°N 158°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: South View #3: West view #4: North View #5: East View #6: GPS #7: Herman Snr.

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  28°S 22°E  

#1: General Area

(visited by Herman Dormehl)

07-Jun-2006 -- The degree confluence 28S 22E is situated in a region known as the Green Kalahari, approximately 75 kilometres west of the town of Olifantshoek (Elephant's corner) in the Northern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa. This area is divided up in vast farms consisting of game farms and commercial farms where goats, sheep, and more recently the "European Fallow Deer" or Dama dama dama are farmed in great numbers.

My father and I left our home in Pretoria on the morning of 6 June 2006 (his 79th birthday) for the 1701,99 kilometre, three day round trip. After spending a freezing night in the town of Kuruman, we reached the closest point to the 28S 22E confluence reachable by vehicle (a rather bumpy dirt road), at 11h30 on the morning of 7 June 2006.

Despite our best efforts before and during the trip, we could not determine who the owners of the property were and in the absence of "do not trespass" warnings, I covered the remaining 3.36 kilometres by foot armed with a GPS, camera, cellular phone (no coverage), and some water, while my father rigged his HAM radio set (ZS - 6 - SN) and took up guard at our vehicle.

After arriving at the Confluence on a clear, warm, winter's day at 12h34 on 7 June 2006 and with the necessary photos and GPS readings safely in my pouch, I started back. The region has had an unusually wet year, with normally dusty pans still full of water and various forms of wild birdlife. The veld, where you would find only sand in nine out of ten years, is covered in "Ooisuurgras", an annual grass plant, native to the Kalahari sand dune savannah, and grows to a height of about 40 centimetres.


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#1: General Area
#2: South View
#3: West view
#4: North View
#5: East View
#6: GPS
#7: Herman Snr.
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