10-Sep-2003 -- I was on a two-week holiday with my wife, meeting friends Lee and Justin White in Zimbabwe. My first time on the African Continent, I was hoping to snag at least one Confluence, although it really wasn't a high priority given the time constraints and the fuel shortages.
We had just spent four days on the Catalina, a 30-meter luxury houseboat on Lake Kariba. I thought we might be able to visit 17° South 28° East while on the Catalina, but we didn't make it far enough to even merit submitting an attempt.
We left the Catalina in Binga, and drove toward our friends' home in Bulawayo. I knew this route would take us close to this Confluence, and Justin was willing to give it a shot. We didn't have any maps with us for this Confluence, but there were two roads that looked like they might lead us to this destination.
We first turned on the road to Deka, but quickly realized this was taking us further away, so we backtracked and took the road toward Mlibizi. We were very optimistic as this road was leading us straight toward the Confluence, and we were only about 16 km away. Unfortunately, the road turned north, and we needed to go west, so we left pavement and proceeded on a dirt trail toward the Confluence.
Our luck ran out however, when we hit an inlet from Lake Kariba. I wasn't real eager to swim with the crocodiles, so we decided to log this as an attempt being only 9.77 km from the Confluence.
Continued at 20S 29E.