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Botswana : Kgalagadi

99.8 km (62.0 miles) SSW of Ncojane (Ghanzi), Kgalagadi, Botswana
Approx. altitude: 1199 m (3933 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 24°N 160°W

Accuracy: 131 m (429 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Facing north along the Namibian/Botswana boarder #3: Maxie Steenkamp next to the boarder fence with the camera facing east #4: GPS: 131 meters from 24S 20E at elevation 1179 meters

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  24°S 20°E (incomplete) 

#1: Facing south along the Namibian/Botswana boarder

(visited by Kobus de la Porte and Maxie Steenkamp)

10-Mar-2006 -- The straight-line 20E border between Namibia and Botswana has fascinated me for some time now. According to the Namibian Roads Authority Map 2005 (updated version – ISBN 99916-763-6-8) the district road D1001 runs close to the 20E Namibia/Botswana border and not far from the 24S 20E confluence point.

On the morning of 10 March I set out from Aranos in Namibia on the C22 and then due east on the D1001 towards the Botswana border. Close to the border the D1001 turns due south and becomes the D1046. Access to the confluence point from the D1046 is through Maxie Steenkamp's farm Boesmanstad.

Maxie was immediately intrigued to learn that there is a confluence point on her farm 1.5 km northeast from the farmhouse. She drove us to the point through tall grass and thick sand.

Unfortunately when we got to the border fence, the GPS indicated that the confluence point was another 131 meters east of the border fence on Botswana territory. According to digitized map data however, the border is supposed to run directly through the Confluence.

I must admit, I was quite tempted to climb through the border fence but that would have been illegal.


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#1: Facing south along the Namibian/Botswana boarder
#2: Facing north along the Namibian/Botswana boarder
#3: Maxie Steenkamp next to the boarder fence with the camera facing east
#4: GPS: 131 meters from 24S 20E at elevation 1179 meters
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  Notes
The border with Namibia is running approx. 101 m west of the Confluence.