the Degree Confluence Project

Nigeria : Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)

4.6 km (2.9 miles) NW of Gunrafia, FCT, Nigeria
Approx. altitude: 252 m (826 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 9°S 173°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to North #3: View to East #4: View to South #5: View to West #6: GPS with Confluence Data #7: The successful explorer

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#1: General Area

(visited by Ulrich Luedemann)

19-Jun-2004 -- First I have to inform you, that there are no good maps in Nigeria that could have helped me. I tried to come close to the Confluence with my car. The surrounding was plain, I came nearer, and my GPS showed 3.5 km. But what was that? Just there was a hill. Yes, the Confluence was behind a hill.

I decided to leave my car and also my mountain bike there, because it seemed that it would not be of help there. I had to climb up the hill through bush and grass. After about one hour I was on the top, but there were still about 900 m to go. Oh, I had to go downward on the other side of the hill.

Behind the hill I found a small track. I met some woodworkers cutting trees for firewood, but I couldn't ask them for the way. What to explain to them? It was deep and thick bush. Okay, but I came slowly nearer to my destination. Then, only about 5 meters remained, was it in the bush? Ore behind the bush? I had to go back, then, yes, it was true, I zeroed: 9 North 7 East. It seemed, that it was very simple.

I took my pictures. And now, what to do? I didn't want to go back over the hill. Very near to the Confluence I found farming land and some roads. On my GPS I could see that I was quite near to the main road where I came along with my car. I walked about 3 km and found a village. I asked somebody to organise a bike ride for me, in Nigeria we call them "Okada". He brought me back to my car and I could finish my walk. I felt happy.

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#1: General Area
#2: View to North
#3: View to East
#4: View to South
#5: View to West
#6: GPS with Confluence Data
#7: The successful explorer
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