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Zimbabwe

14.7 km (9.1 miles) NNW of Chamnanga, Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe
Approx. altitude: 578 m (1896 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 22°N 150°W

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: West #3: South #4: East into the sunrise #5: At the moment of totality #6: Unexpected obstable on the approach #7: View 35 m above the plain towards the South

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#1: Overview of area (facing North)

(visited by Pekka Pihlajasaari)

04-Dec-2002 -- Typical Zimbabwe lowveld scrub in the dry season. The annual summer rainy season has not yet arrived and the extended drought has resulted in severe over-grazing of the little grass that grows. This, one of the two southernmost primary sites in the country, is located in a communal farming area near the South African border.

Small-scale farming is evident from fields fenced in by thorny brush keeping out both wild and domestic animals alike. Small seasonal streams and the occasional kopje (small stony hill) are the only interruptions in the flat terrain.

That the site is memorable can be seen from the GPS picture taken in complete darkness at 8:18 during a total solar eclipse. The remainder of images were taken earlier.

A recently built railway line, not shown on the maps, initially threatened to scuttle the eclipse viewing at the actual point. The panoramic view was created from the top of a nearby kopje on route back to the main road.


 All pictures
#1: Overview of area (facing North)
#2: West
#3: South
#4: East into the sunrise
#5: At the moment of totality
#6: Unexpected obstable on the approach
#7: View 35 m above the plain towards the South
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)