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South Africa : Free State

9.2 km (5.7 miles) SW of Excelsior, Free State, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 1486 m (4875 ft)
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Antipode: 29°N 153°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: Ground Zero #7: GPS reading #8: The Confluence Hunters #9: The paddock #10: Landscape 2 km from the confluence point #11: The church of Excelsior

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  29°S 27°E (visit #2)  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz and Elionora)

22-Nov-2014 -- This is the 7th out of 8 reports, describing confluence visits in South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho. The previous report is 29°S 28°E. The story starts at 26°S 29°E.

Our one week vacation in southern Africa came to an end. We would fly back to Europe in the evening. In the early morning at 6 AM, we started driving from Maseru, Lesotho’s capital city. The border crossing took only 5 minutes and one hour later, we reached the village Excelsior (8 km from the confluence point). From there, an unsealed road through beautiful landscapes lead directly to the Confluence.

We parked our rental car in 130 m distance at a paddock which is just at the opposite side of the road. A side track took us up to 36 m. We found the Confluence on a meadow mined with cow pats.

The area around the Confluence is flat with an open sky. Besides a row of trees along the road, the Confluence is quite featureless. As it was still early Sunday morning, we didn’t meet any people on our little excursion from Excelsior.

We continued our drive northwards heading to Jo´burg.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to a road: 130 m
  • Distance to a track: 36 m
  • Distance of car parking: 130 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the car: 2 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 8:14 AM
  • Measured height: 1479 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: dry grass
  • Weather: sunny, 20° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Excelsior Cow-Pad Confluence

More pictures about our trip can be found here. The story continues at 28°S 27°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: Ground Zero
#7: GPS reading
#8: The Confluence Hunters
#9: The paddock
#10: Landscape 2 km from the confluence point
#11: The church of Excelsior
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