the Degree Confluence Project

Namibia : Erongo

23.1 km (14.3 miles) SW of Kalkfeld (Otjozondjupa), Erongo, Namibia
Approx. altitude: 1486 m (4875 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 21°N 164°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: GPS #6: The group with farmer Jakob #7: Otjeriwanga

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  21°S 16°E (visit #2)  

#1: View West

(visited by Matthias Braune, Christoph von Bergmann, Carla von Bergmann, Nadia Braune, Laura Braune, Sebastian Braune and K. Jakob)

23-Jun-2004 -- Following the attempt at 18S 20E two days earlier, I noticed that we would pass this Confluence on the way home to Walvis Bay. After the "bug had bitten" at 18S 20E, no convincing was necessary to get the rest of the group onto this detour.

The gravel road D2338 took us straight onto the farm "Otjeriwanga". At this particular point the Confluence was only 2.2 km away; excitedly we proceeded to get permission from the owner, Mr Jakob.

We found a very friendly farmer Jakob a couple of kilometres further on, busy repairing the tyre of a motorbike in a well-equipped workshop. After explaining our mission, Mr Jakob joined us to search for the Confluence.

Whilst driving in the general direction of the Confluence, we learnt a lot of interesting detail about the farm Otjeriwanga, the water problems experienced as a result of the lack of good rains during the previous summer months, and the difficulties relating to boreholes. We learnt that hunters were currently on the farm and were glad that we didn't attempt to walk to 21S 16E.

Mr Jakob knows his property like the back of his hand. Most surprisingly, whilst following a network of tracks, we stopped the vehicles 15 metres south of the point, actually having to remove them again for the purpose of taking photos. Excitedly, Mr Jakob decided to build a small beacon on this particular point in the near future. He assured us that no one had visited this Confluence before.

It was quite disappointing to learn that we in fact had not been the first visitors when viewing the web site a couple of days later. Previous visitors had ignored a padlocked gate and actually walked onto private property without permission, quite dangerous, seeing that the occasional hunter was roaming over the farm...

Nevertheless, we had made good friends with farmer Jakob; it had been my easiest confluence visit and the oranges we received at our departure were the sweetest fruit I had tasted for a very long time, something the previous trespassers had missed out on.

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#1: View West
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: GPS
#6: The group with farmer Jakob
#7: Otjeriwanga
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