22-Apr-2003 -- This confluence point is situated in Nama tribal land, about 10 km west of the village of Lekkersing, in the Richtersveld. It is much easier to travel on tribal land because there are no locked gates. You encounter fences here and there but there are always openings, and by travelling along the fence you eventually reach a gap. The previous confluence point we visited (29S 18E) was also in Nama land and this trip was very similar. The "jeep-track" feels like it was made to go directly to the confluence point.
We were on holiday in McDougal's Bay, near Port Nolloth, and we decided to hunt the nearby confluence point. Anita stayed behind with her sister this time but my son, Jasper, and his friend Hansie came along.
It was fun to drive – a soft, sandy two-wheel track with gentle curves. We got to within 500 m from the point and were surprised to see that the track veered sharply left, and about 500 m on there was the traditional home of a goat farmer. Their lifestyle seemed to be semi-nomadic, the buildings being of the "matjies" hut type. The hut is built by putting down a pole frame and then rugs made of reeds are thrown over the frame and tied down. We first went to say hello at the homestead. The farmer's wife greeted us and we asked if we can park the vehicle 500 m back and walk up the dunes, pointing in the direction our GPS indicated the location of the confluence point to be. We got to the confluence point at about 2 PM. The location is really very scenic.
Invariably, one always finds a shorter route back than the one taken to reach the point. Before we said goodbye to the Richtersveld, we bought some cold cooldrinks from the good folks in Lekkersing; quite a pretty little outpost nestling in the hills. Then 40 km of gravel road to the Port Nolloth-Steinkopf road.