the Degree Confluence Project

South Africa : Northern Cape

60.1 km (37.3 miles) N of Concordia, Northern Cape, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 675 m (2214 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 29°N 162°W

Accuracy: 8 m (26 ft)
Quality: better pictures needed

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#2: Looking south #3: Anita in front of flowers (vehicle in background), looking west #4: GPS on confluence point

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#1: Confluence point, looking northwards

(visited by Jimmy Stone and Anita Stone)

21-Sep-2002 -- This confluence point lay 30 km east of the main road to Namibia. My wife Anita and myself were on our way back from a 5 day tour through the Richtersveld National Park and from the tar road it looked like the terrain should be easy to cross. There are almost no trees and very few shrubs and bushes. This part of the Richtersveld/Namaqualand is communal land being used by the Nama people and therefore there are very few fences to stop your progress. As it turned out there was a jeep track that let us for most of the way directly to the point. And there were many other tracks criss-crossing the veld. The Nama people keep goats in this semi-desert land, where there is almost no surface water. Due to good rains there were still a few desert flowers left and it was quite pretty driving to this confluence point.

We were stopped by a fence about 140 meters short of the point. One could drive around the fence but then some small granite kopjes get in the way. We saw some vehicle tracks and were worried that someone else beat us to this point but it must have been locals.

The first photo of the confluence point is northwards. The yellow GPS is just visible on the sandy patch in the middle foreground. The photos were taken with a small, cheap 35mm camera and were then scanned in at a low resolution. Our film ran out and we could not take a photo of the east.

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#1: Confluence point, looking northwards
#2: Looking south
#3: Anita in front of flowers (vehicle in background), looking west
#4: GPS on confluence point
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