03-May-2009 -- This is the 63rd of a series of 83 confluence visits during our voyage from Nigeria to Europe and back to Nigeria around the entire African continent. It all started on 28 January 2008 at 11N 5E.
Story continues from 24S 29E.
We travelled from Mokopane to Pokowane on the new toll road. Before we reached Pokowane, we turned off onto the road leading to Tzaneen. At Haenertsburg the road splits and there are two alternative routes to Tzaneen. We were using the Tracks4Africa maps and there were some 4x4 tracks indicated leading close to the Confluence. We managed to get onto this track and made it as close as 200 meter to the Confluence.
There was a sign reflecting no entry, several of these signs we had already passed and ignored but at this we stopped and continued on foot. As we got out of the car it started raining. I thought it would be a short, easy walk but it worked out to be a one-hour long struggle to get the Confluence recorded.
Due to the heavy rains and the tree cover, we could not get a good reading and the little walk up the slope proved to be very slippery. Due to the previous rains a small river had turned into a swamp. We had to wade knee-deep through it for about 50 meters just to find out we were on the wrong track.
Continued at 29S 28E.