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Ghana

4.1 km (2.5 miles) ENE of Branam, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana
Approx. altitude: 186 m (610 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 8°S 178°E

Accuracy: 899 m (983 yd)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to E #3: View to S #4: View to W #5: GPS (PDA with SirfIII chip) #6: On the road, no easy going #7: Kids on the way #8: Village Baatu some 6 km away #9: Author in the village #10: Track

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  8°N 2°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: View to N

(visited by Gerhard Bechtold)

30-Dec-2007 -- Finally, I made a successful first time visit of a confluence point in Ghana (I made another one a few years ago in Eritrea):

Xmas break in Ghana. Time for travelling and GPS-tracking. A few days ago I failed to visit another site, but now I was heading northwest from Accra. Four hours to Kumasi, then another two to Techiman, located on the main road to the North, to Burkina Faso. Spent the night there. Nice place actually, with a lot of sightseeing in the area. It is already quite arid here, savannah with high grass, some agriculture.

I had printout of maps and satellite images, two GPS, my camera, travelling with a 4WD. A main road is passing 8 km west of the point. I thought, it should not be too difficult. I also detected some traces of a track on Google Earth passing at 3.1 km south of the point. This was easy to find and to travel on the dirt road till 7.968°N 1.986°W.

At a few huts, Baatu, I spoke to the locals. I pointed to the direction, 'Whom you want to meet?, no, there is no way'. But there was a track just the width of the car, very difficult to drive, luckily it was dry season. I took a guy of the village, very friendly, but obviously had a nice party with palmwine last night. Not too much help.

Very slow heading further north, but I wanted to go northwest. No way to get off the track. It got more and more difficult. Beside the narrow track the terrain is absolutely impenetrable, much more difficult than in tropical forest (see 6N 2W, the following day). Strong grass 3 m high, bushes, thorns, small trees, even with a machete impossible.

Well, I was lucky, within 900 m the track passed the point. I stopped, took the pictures, and returned.

Continued at 6N 2W.

Coordinator's Note: Contrary to the visitor's opinion, this visit has to be registered as 'incomplete' because the minimum distance of 100 m from the Confluence wasn't reached.


 All pictures
#1: View to N
#2: View to E
#3: View to S
#4: View to W
#5: GPS (PDA with SirfIII chip)
#6: On the road, no easy going
#7: Kids on the way
#8: Village Baatu some 6 km away
#9: Author in the village
#10: Track
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