06-Mar-2021 -- This is the first out of 3 confluence visits on our trip from Knysna to Durban in South Africa. On the 24th of December we began our stay in South Africa with a road trip. After this 12-day vacation, we decided not to return to Zurich, but rather stay in Cape Town and work from our laptops. After spending almost two months in Camps Bay (10 km south of Cape Town), we decided to relocate to get familiar with another areas.
So this weekend we put all our staff in our car and went eastwards along the coast. On confluence day, we had a long drive from Knysna to Mthatha. Along this transfer, we visited the confluence point.
A publicly accessible gravel road took us up to a distance of 250 m to the confluence point. From there, we parked our car and ascended a hill overgrown with various types of shrubs. I which I had put on my long pants, because some of them had ugly thorns. Only after my return, I noticed that both of my legs where bleeding from scratches.
The confluence has a beautiful setting with high standing aloe vera, flowers and a great view into the landscape, because it is almost on top of a hill. In about 1 km distance the villages Ngcbasa and Dhlawu can be seen.
We returned the same way back to our vehicle and continued driving until we reached the very busy mountain city Mthatha. The staff in the guesthouse strongly discouraged us not to walk on the streets even during daylight because we would get robbed.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 250 m
- Distance to a track: 255 m
- Distance of car parking: 250 m
- Time to reach the confluence from the car: 10 min
- Time at the confluence: 12:50 PM
- Measured height: 397 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: hilly
- Weather: clear sky, 28° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Aloe Vera Confluence
The story continues at 31°S 29°E.