27-Dec-2020 -- This is the third out of 8 confluence reports on our 11-day trip through the western part of South Africa. The story starts at 33°S 19°E and continues from 31°S 19°E.
In the morning we started from Springbok and drove in north-eastern direction on road N14 through featureless desert. After leaving N14, we continued 20 km on gravel until we reached the guest farm “Klein Pella”. The guest farm turned out to be closed for lodging, but of course the actual farming continued. We explained our mission to two ladies who most likely belonged to the owner’s family. Permission was given promptly.
When we were ready to drive to the confluence, a man asked us for a lift. He was one of the farm workers and lived 3 km from the main farmhouse. Certainly, we gave him a ride, delivered him at his home and returned 2 km, because the confluence was just 1 km from the gate. Again, we experienced a “drive-in” confluence (the third out of three so far): the distance to the road was only 22 m.
The confluence is 8 km south of the border to Namibia on almost plantless gravelled ground. Right at the confluence is a pile of rocks, which could be the remainder of a cairn.
After the confluence visit, we continued to the fine Tutwa Lodge, also located near the Namibian border just a little bit further north-east.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 22 m
- Distance to a track: 22 m
- Distance of car parking: 30 m
- Time to reach the confluence from the road: 20 seconds
- Time at the confluence: 11:48 AM
- Measured height: 587 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 2 m
- Topography: mostly flat
- Vegetation: scattered tussock.
- Weather: sunny, 38° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Hitchhiker’s Confluence
The story continues at 29°S 22°E.