26-Feb-2008 -- This is the 11th of a series of 83 confluence visits during our voyage from Nigeria to Europe and back to Nigeria around the entire African continent. It all started on 28 January at 11N 5E.
Yesterday afternoon after having visited the confluence 7N 1E, we continued driving along the N1 to Atakpamé and further on to Nyamassila. Just before this village we turned off to Akaba. At Akaba we took the road along the railway line to Tchakala Kossou. At this stage we were 4.2 km from the Confluence.
After we made enquiries at this village, we found out that it is not possible to get much further to the Confluence with the vehicle because there is the river Anié nearby. It was late in the afternoon. We decided to return to Akaba and look for a suitable camping site on the way back. There was no such luck, when we got back to Akaba we crossed the river Anié and followed the road leading to Kamina. We were still desperately looking for a place to set up camp for the night. Eventually 5.2 km from the Confluence we found a suitable place. All the way from Akaba, approximately 6 km, we did not find one track branching off from the road we were on. We were wondering if it is a good idea to walk over 5 km cross country in this terrain and heat, even if it is the last remaining unvisited Confluence in Togo. Well, we would see in the morning.
The next morning we got an early start. We drove back to our road and were travelling only a few hundred meters on it when we found a path leading in the desired direction. We passed two remote villages, one with a school, on the way. We managed to get as close as 1.25 km on this path. We parked the vehicle and walked the remaining distance cross-country. We reached the Confluence around 10 a.m. The heat started to build up and when we were back at the vehicle we had 34°C.
Continued at 6N 0.