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South Africa : Western Cape

25.3 km (15.7 miles) NNE of Laingsburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 873 m (2864 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 33°N 159°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: Southern view #3: Western view #4: Northern view #5: GPS reading #6: Road to Matjiesfontein #7: All of us

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  33°S 21°E (visit #1)  

#1: Eastern view

(visited by Liyaket Bray, Noorjehan Bray, Zahier Bray and Fatima Bray)

14-Dec-2002 -- After successfully completing confluence point 33S 20E, we decided to continue on the dirt road rather than back tracking to the N1 highway, which would have taken us back to Worcester. By continuing on this winding road over beautiful mountain ranges we reached the N1 highway at Matjiesfontein very close Laingsburg. (Matjiesfontein is reputed to be the most haunted town in South Africa. Laingsburg was named in honour of John Laing, Commissioner of Crown lands at the Cape.)

We were so grateful to have reached Laingsburg safely because we had not refuelled since we left home and we were literally driving on fumes. After refuelling and refreshing at the gas station we headed for our second confluence point, which our GPS had shown as a mere 25 km from Laingsburg. We headed north in the direction of Moordenaars Karoo (English translation: Murderer’s Desert).

After driving for about 30 km, we were suddenly tailed by a pickup van full farm labourers. My co-driver felt most uncomfortable and asked me to pull off the dirt road, to allow the mysterious pickup van to pass. There was a sigh of relief when it passed and when it did not stop! This dirt road was fairly good which took us between farms, in valleys and over mountains straight to our point.

We pulled off near the confluence point, which was about 100 meters. We had to clear another fence, which was not too high this time. This point was very easy to reach and was on a gradual slope of a hill, which was covered with bushes/shrubs and stones. After successful completion we headed for the vehicle and again had some delicious chilled watermelon. Having accomplished both confluence points (33S 20E & 33S 21E), we felt satisfied and headed for home. As we neared Paarl, it started to rain and most of the way home. We reached home at 5:30 pm, which was exactly 12 hours since we left home.


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#1: Eastern view
#2: Southern view
#3: Western view
#4: Northern view
#5: GPS reading
#6: Road to Matjiesfontein
#7: All of us
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