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1.8 km (1.1 miles) W of Koussanar Ndi, Tambacounda, Senegal
Approx. altitude: 22 m (72 ft)
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Antipode: 14°S 166°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The view north from the Confluence #3: The view east from the Confluence #4: The view south from the Confluence #5: The view west from the Confluence #6: The GPS marks the exact spot: 14N 14W #7: The Confluence Seekers: Hélène Attali, Bryce Tappan, Gray Tappan, Amadou Hadj, Mike Budde (kneeling) #8: One of many widely scattered Peul (Fulani) villages in the pastoral zone #9: A grove of centuries-old baobabs near the Confluence #10: A pair of Abyssinian Ground Hornbills searches for prey #11: We walked through tall Andropogon grass to reach the site #12: The Peul woman who rode with us back to the highway

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#1: Main view of the Confluence

(visited by Gray Tappan, Bryce Tappan, Mike Budde, Hélène Attali and Amadou Hadj)

24-Jan-2007 -- It was the tenth day of our field trip through Senegal, and we had bagged only one Confluence thus far -- 15N 16W on the first day. Foregoing several potentially attainable Confluences along the way, we set our sights on 14N 14W, not far north of the Kaolack–Tambacounda highway. A well maintained dirt road took us most of the way, passing through Peul (Fulani) villages in Senegal's southern pastoral zone. We stopped to contemplate a dense grove of baobab trees, the largest being many centuries old with hollow trunks. Farther on we watched a pair of huge Abyssinian Ground Hornbills walking though the open woodland, searching for prey.

Nearing the Confluence, we walked the last half-kilometer through tall Andropogon grass. We crossed a dry valley with cattle grazing on residue from last year's rice crop. The exact Confluence lay at the edge of the valley among an attractive stand of shady Diospyros and Piliostigma trees.

On our drive back to the highway, we offered a ride to a Peul woman and her baby. Although we tried our Wolof and French, none of us could speak to her in her native Pulaar. Smiles and gestures replaced meaningless words. She certainly brightened our day.


 All pictures
#1: Main view of the Confluence
#2: The view north from the Confluence
#3: The view east from the Confluence
#4: The view south from the Confluence
#5: The view west from the Confluence
#6: The GPS marks the exact spot: 14N 14W
#7: The Confluence Seekers: Hélène Attali, Bryce Tappan, Gray Tappan, Amadou Hadj, Mike Budde (kneeling)
#8: One of many widely scattered Peul (Fulani) villages in the pastoral zone
#9: A grove of centuries-old baobabs near the Confluence
#10: A pair of Abyssinian Ground Hornbills searches for prey
#11: We walked through tall Andropogon grass to reach the site
#12: The Peul woman who rode with us back to the highway
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