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Burkina Faso

5.8 km (3.6 miles) ESE of Tapélara, Boucle du Mouhoun, Burk. Faso
Approx. altitude: 281 m (921 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 12°S 177°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the East #3: View to the south, in the cotton field #4: View to the West, with a shea tree #5: Our team: Jean-Luc, Bertrand and Soumaila, and the zeros on the GPS #6: Small hut close to the point #7: The track from Boromo to Oury #8: Buying peanuts ans sesame biscuits in Boromo #9: Elephants in the bush, close to Boromo #10: The Mouhoun river

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  12°N 3°W (visit #2)  

#1: The point and view to the North

(visited by Jean-Luc Frérotte and Bertrand Richaud)

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24-fév-2013 -- Après avoir visité ce matin le point 12N 2W, nous continuons sur la route N1 vers le point 12N 3W. A Boromo, sur le fleuve Mouhoun (la Volta noire), nous prenons une large piste vers le nord jusque Oury. De là, nous suivons avec le GPS une piste vers le nord-est. Elle devient très étroite entre les arbustes, mais ça passe en voiture. On arrive finalement très près du point.

Comme celui de ce matin, il est dans un champ de coton. Il y a encore une hutte utilisée comme cuisine par les paysans pendant la saison des cultures. Pas grand-chose de spécial autour du point, quelques arbres (karités, un beau tamarinier).

De retour à Boromo, nous achetons des arachides et des petits biscuits au sésame, puis nous allons le long du fleuve pour essayer de voir les éléphants qui sont dans la région. Ils ont des petits et ils sont assez nerveux et discrets. Avec un guide, on peut finalement les trouver, mais ils fuient dès qu'on approche et se cachent parmi les arbres. Souvent, ils viennent boire le soir dans le fleuve, mais nous devons rentrer à Ouagadougou. On reviendra les voir une autre fois !

English version

24-Feb-2013 -- After our visit this morning to the point 12N 2W, we continue on the road N1 towards the point 12N 3W. In Boromo, just after the bridge on the Mouhoun river (The Black Volta), we follow a broad track towards north until Oury. From there, we follow with the GPS a track towards the North-East. It becomes very narrow between the shrubs, but a car can pass. We finally arrive very close to the point.

Like the point 12N 2W, it is also in a cotton field. There is a small hut used as a kitchen by the farmers during the season of the cultures. Nothing special around the point, just some trees (shea trees, a beautiful tamarind).

We return to Boromo, and we buy some peanuts and small biscuits with sesame, then we go along the river to try to see the elephants which are in the area. They have babies and they are rather nervous and discrete. With a guide, we can finally find them, but they escape as soon as we approach and hide between the trees and shrubs. They come often to drink in the evening in the river, but we must return in Ouagadougou. We will be back another time!


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#1: The point and view to the North
#2: View to the East
#3: View to the south, in the cotton field
#4: View to the West, with a shea tree
#5: Our team: Jean-Luc, Bertrand and Soumaila, and the zeros on the GPS
#6: Small hut close to the point
#7: The track from Boromo to Oury
#8: Buying peanuts ans sesame biscuits in Boromo
#9: Elephants in the bush, close to Boromo
#10: The Mouhoun river
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