the Degree Confluence Project

South Africa : KwaZulu-Natal

3.1 km (1.9 miles) SW of Masameni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1314 m (4310 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 30°N 150°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: better pictures needed

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#2: View from the Confluence #3: The approach

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#1: Near the Confluence

(visited by GPSFrodo)

27-Dec-2000 -- I started my trip at the Umkomaas river mouth where we've been jetskiing the whole morning. After travelling through the town of Umkomaas, I followed the N2 south to the Umzinto turn off. From there I travelled northwest through rolling hills of sugar cane and local huts.

The sugar cane gave way to pine forests belonging to the local paper mills. After passing through Ixopo I stopped to ask one of the locals directions as the map I had with me didn't have too much detail. He directed me to turn around and go back about 10 kilometres, but trusting my Etrex Summit I pushed on and landed on a little dirt road.

After following the dirt road for a while I reached the general area of the Confluence and realised it was smack in the middle of a little wooded area. I carried on on foot and finally hit the spot (or to within 5 meters if my GPS is to be trusted). Not being able to take any decent pictures in the thicket, I went back to the road and took a picture there (29.998910°S 30.000175°E, Elev. 1296 m, photo #1). This was 106.6 metres from the Confluence. (Coordinator's note: This is not correct, the given coordinates define a location 122.5 m NNE of the Confluence.)

I took another picture just a little way from there to show the general view from the Confluence downhill (photo #2) but this was about 600 metres away. The last picture (photo #3) was taken on the way back to show the area of the Confluence on the approaching route (marked in red).

All in all it was a wonderful trip through the hills of KwaZulu Natal, the type of view you won't find anywhere except in Africa.

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#1: Near the Confluence
#2: View from the Confluence
#3: The approach
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