22-Dec-2019 -- This is the 15th out of 21 successful revisits plus 2 unsuccessful attempts on unvisited confluences in Saudi Arabia. The story starts at 28°N 48°E and continues from 21°N 40°E.
We visited this confluence point on our way from Ta’if to Al Bahah. The point is located 6 km from the main road no.15. Another asphalt road took us up to a distance of 2 km, where we parked. It would have been possible to continue on sandy tracks all the way to the confluence point, but with our 2WD we rather walked. Anyway, to really get a feeling of the confluence point’s vicinity, I have to have a walk.
Actually, I ran to the confluence, across a slightly inclined gravel plain. I took a shortcut over some hills, avoided to come too close to a shepherd and soon reached the confluence, which is located in a valley and exactly on a sandy track. Around the confluence are many acacia trees and little bushes.
After visiting the confluence point, we visited a nearby abandoned old stone village and then continued to the mountain town Al Bahah to spent the night there.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 2 km
- Distance to a track: 0 m
- Distance of car parking: 2 km
- Time to reach the confluence from the car: 15 minutes
- Time at the confluence: 10:19 AM
- Measured height: 1551 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: mountainous, in a valley
- Vegetation: acacia trees
- Weather: sunny, 12° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Acacia Valley Confluence
The story continues at 20°N 42°E.
More pictures of the trip can be found here.