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Zimbabwe

14.7 km (9.1 miles) ENE of Handsworth, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe
Approx. altitude: 1285 m (4215 ft)
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Antipode: 17°N 149°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#2: South #3: West #4: North #5: East #6: GSP reading #7: The happy hunting party #8: Determinated first-time hunter - Matthew #9: The stone sculpture village we visited prior to the hunt #10: Rock formation resembles a couple near the confluence point

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  17°S 31°E  

#1: General view of 17S 31E

(visited by Yip-Bannicq Group, Matthew Onyango, Carmine Bozzi and Ray Yip)

10-Dec-2017 -- A double hunting day – line hunting after hunting for stone sculptures

This is my first confluence point in Zimbabwe, and it was unplanned, sort of an add-on to a trip north of Harare intended to visit a villages near Mvurwi known for stone sculptures. After the hunt, one surprise was the fact this point has not been visited by other hunters before, even though it is within easy striking distance from the capital, about 80 km.

The hunting party landed in Harare on Saturday night and found happy people dancing on the street celebrating the outset of Mugabe a few days earlier. Since our business starts on Monday, so on Sunday we arranged a car to look for stone sculptures which Zimbabwe is known for. Regardless of the objective of the Sunday trip, it was wonderful to get out of the city to enjoy the country side – peaceful and tranquil, southern Africa at its best.

By mid-afternoon after we completed the primary objective of visiting one well-known sculpture artist at his studio and a village with dozens of artists displaying their work in the woods. I proposed the addition of the hunt for this confluence point which was about 15 km off the main highway back to Harare. After a quick beer in a rather happy bar with deafening music in Mvurwi, we set off for this hunt.

Nowadays, with the Google map on the phone made things easier. Even though there were quite a few twist and turns, we did not make a right turns. We reached a dirt road and stopped the car with just about 100 meters from this confluence point.

Matthew who is the first time line-hunter took the lead and charged toward the point, and nailed the all-zeros point without much dancing. For Carmine, this was his second point, with the first one located inside a hard-to-get-in gated compound in Johannesburg we did together 9 years ago.

Rating of this hunt:

Degree of Challenge: 1 – As easy as it gets, can easily drive to the point. (1= very easy - drive to the point; to 5= a death march – glad it is over)

Scenery: 3 – Hilly area of mixed farm land and stone mountains. (Scale: 1= not interesting at all; 5= take your breath away)

Culture-social factors: 3 – Rural northern Zimbabwe country. (Scale: 1=dull; 5= most stimulating)


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#1: General view of 17S 31E
#2: South
#3: West
#4: North
#5: East
#6: GSP reading
#7: The happy hunting party
#8: Determinated first-time hunter - Matthew
#9: The stone sculpture village we visited prior to the hunt
#10: Rock formation resembles a couple near the confluence point
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