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South Africa : Free State

0.8 km (0.5 miles) NE of Whites, Free State, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1383 m (4537 ft)
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Antipode: 28°N 153°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunters #9: Road at the Confluence #10: Silos as seen from the confluence point

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  28°S 27°E (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz and Elionora)

22-Nov-2014 -- This is the 8th out of 8 reports, describing confluence visits in South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho. The previous report is 29°S 27°E. The story starts at 26°S 29°E.

Our one week vacation in southern Africa came to an end. We would fly back to Europe in the evening. After our early morning visit of 29°S 27°E, we continued driving northwards, heading to Johannesburg. On our route, a visit of this Confluence was not much of a deviation. From Winburg, we took the little county road R73, which follows the main railroad line between Bloemfontain and Johannesburg. There is the train station of the village Whites in 1.7 km distance, such that this Confluence would be conveniently visitable by public transportation.

We parked our rental car in 190 m distance right at the road. From there, a short walk between two almost barren agricultural fields took us to the exact location of the Confluence. A closer look showed that the earth is not barren, but full of tiny little sprouts of this year’s crop. I was not able to determine what kind of crop the Confluence would wear this year. It was not necessary to step into the crop to reach the exact location of the Confluence, because the point is between two fields (1 m into the southern field).

The area around the Confluence is flat with an open sky. The most distinctive feature seen from the Confluence is a couple silos.

We continued our drive northwards heading to Johannesburg. After a lunch break in the beautiful town Parys, we reached Johannesburg airport at 5 PM and caught our flight back to Switzerland two hours later.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to a road: 190 m
  • Distance to a track: 190 m
  • Distance of car parking: 190 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the car: 4 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 10:41 AM
  • Measured height: 1372 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 4 m
  • Topography: absolutely flat
  • Vegetation: young sprouting seeds
  • Weather: sunny, 25° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Sprouting Seeds Confluence

The story finishes here. More pictures about our trip can be found here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunters
#9: Road at the Confluence
#10: Silos as seen from the confluence point
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)