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Ghana

2.6 km (1.6 miles) NE of Dompasi, Western, Ghana
Approx. altitude: 168 m (551 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 6°S 178°E

Accuracy: 28 m (91 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to N #3: View to E #4: View to S #5: View to W #6: GPS #7: Cocoa trees #8: Village of cocoa farmers (some 800 m from site) #9: Cocoa farmers (some 200 m from point) #10: Children in the forest

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#1: The site

(visited by Gerhard Bechtold)

31-Dec-2007 -- The previous day I had the successful visit of 8N 2W, now I am heading south to 6N 2W, another unvisited point.

The images show a tarmac road passing in a distance of 6.9 km NE of the confluence point. This can be a very long way into the forest. Some linear features on the image nearby are not promising. No track turns off from the road on this side (from the East). I keep on searching, travelling on the road up and down, looking for any place to 'enter the jungle'. Impossible.

I decide to travel further and reach the village of Domenasi and find a turnoff to the left (6.048°N 1.965°W) towards my point! I explain to a friendly guy, who offered his help, and the dirt feeder road is, with a lot of curves, leading in the right direction, once off, once on, but getting closer and closer. A small village, Charleskrom, some 10 houses, this is the end of this track, which was built for cocoa harvesting. Another guide with a big machete does not understand, but is very helpful and always laughing. Walking through a mix of secondary, dense forest and the cocoa trees, with little scrub, I get closer. It is hot, but not impossible to make progress. A lot of small, small tracks. The GPS (PDA with VGA display, Sirf III chip, error of plus minus 5 m, Fujitsu-Siemens, very good for this kind of recce, very accurate, and a Garmin handheld GPS, with an old chip, rather inaccurate with 10-20 m error, high failure rate when in dense forest like here) show me the direction.

And here I make it, in between the cacao trees, in dense vegetation under higher trees, leftover from the primary forest of earlier days. Exactly at the point, the GPS is jumping when I walk, all within the accepted range, a few meters up and down around the point. I take pictures of the GPS, of all directions, of the guides, and return back through the jungle hamlets to the car. Nice trip.

Continued at 6N 1E.


 All pictures
#1: The site
#2: View to N
#3: View to E
#4: View to S
#5: View to W
#6: GPS
#7: Cocoa trees
#8: Village of cocoa farmers (some 800 m from site)
#9: Cocoa farmers (some 200 m from point)
#10: Children in the forest
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