09-Feb-2002 -- The site was successfully visited by Gilles de Chasteauneuf and Lawrence Pinnoy at 15h10 on 9 Febuary 2002. Following the introduction of the Confluence web site to me (Lawrence) by Gilles we decided to put my Garmin eMap to better use and attempt this Confluence of 26S 29E.
I went on a trial run on the 6th and found that the site was in a maize farm in a farming area called Minnaar just northwest of a town called Ogies in Mpumalanga. We managed to locate the owner of the farmland and phoned for permission to enter the area. He was very friendly and said it was ok, provided we did not damage his electrical cables.
So on Saturday afternoon of 9 February 2002, Gilles and I set out. The point to point distance from Gilles’ house registered 94.6 km. We arrived after about an hour's drive (127 km) and found the dirt road entrance almost water logged after some heavy rains in the past 2 days. We managed to negotiate the entrance in my Toyota sedan and the rest of the road was in very good condition. We were also quite surprised to find that the distance from the road to the Confluence was only 320 metres through a section of a forest which was being excavated.
Fortunately the weather was fine and hot and the ground dry and we could reach the confluence site and record the details required to register the Confluence quite easily. The GPS pics are a little fuzzy, but readable, showing max of decimal 2 of a second from the required reading.
Our full round trip was 263 km (including 650 m walking) and took about 3hrs 21min.
We will certainly attempt further Confluences further afield in the near future.