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Namibia : Karas

5.8 km (3.6 miles) NNE of Poortjie, Karas, Namibia
Approx. altitude: 869 m (2851 ft)
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Antipode: 28°N 161°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: View south #3: View west #4: View north #5: GPS screen #6: Jana, Heidi, and Liesl at the Confluence #7: Karas mountains #8: Sign to Kleinbegin Game Lodge #9: Sociable weavers #10: Social nest on telephone pole #11: Social nest in Camelthorn tree #12: Quiver tree with social nest #13: Close up view of social nest

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  28°S 19°E (visit #1)  

#1: View east

(visited by Hendrik van Eeden, Jana van Eeden, Heidi van Eeden and Liesl van Eeden)

23-Jun-2003 -- Time for our annual winter holiday again. This time we were going to tour Namibia, hoping to also visit a few Confluences on the way. Namibia has 76 Confluences, but only four had been visited.

After overnighting in Upington we proceeded along the N10 and B3 to Keetmanshoop and our second overnight at the Quiver tree forest. The confluence at 28S 19E lies just off the B3 between the border at Ariamsvlei and Karasburg, with the Karas mountains to the north. We turned off at a sign to Kleinbegin Game Lodge to get a bit closer and walked the last 130 m.

All along the way we saw lots of sociable weaver ("versamelvoël") nests on the telephone poles and camelthorn trees, and even one in a quiver tree. The quiver tree is actually a family of the aloe, and gets its name from the fact that the San people (Bushmen) used the bark for making arrow quivers.

Continued at 27S 18E.


 All pictures
#1: View east
#2: View south
#3: View west
#4: View north
#5: GPS screen
#6: Jana, Heidi, and Liesl at the Confluence
#7: Karas mountains
#8: Sign to Kleinbegin Game Lodge
#9: Sociable weavers
#10: Social nest on telephone pole
#11: Social nest in Camelthorn tree
#12: Quiver tree with social nest
#13: Close up view of social nest
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