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Uganda

3.0 km (1.9 miles) WSW of Nabusanke, Central, Uganda
Approx. altitude: 1174 m (3851 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 0° 148°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View of the Confluence (at the base of the coffee bush) facing the opposite direction of the main view. #3: GPS showing we are on the spot. #4: The folks who made it possible: Richard in white; Franco in blue; Lukwango in orange; the others are neighbors who gathered because of the excitement. #5: Aproximate location of the Confluence from the air (somewhere in the foreground). Lake Victoria and the main road from Kampala are in the background. #6: Laurel and Brian crossing the equator on the main road from Kampala (note funnel in foreground).

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  0° 32°E (visit #1)  

#1: View from the Confluence. That is a termite mound next to the house.

(visited by Brian Smith and Laurel Smith)

08-Aug-2003 -- As luck would have it, I had seen this Confluence from the air on a flight from Kampala to Bwindi National Park a few days before our attempt, so I knew it was only a few kilometres from the main road that heads southwest from Kampala to Masaka. I could also see that the area had many roads and farms, so it shouldn't be hard to drive quite close to it.

We had previously arranged for a driving trip from Kampala to Fort Portal (in western Uganda) with Kabarole Tours. I asked our driver/guide Richard Tooro (who founded the company) to take a detour to this Confluence along the way. He was interested in seeing some new territory and remained up-beat even after it turned out that our little detour (and later attempt at a "short cut") added 5 hours to our scheduled drive.

Along the main road, about 80 km outside Kampala, there is a monument marking where the road crosses the equator. There are several souvenir stands there, as well as a man with a large funnel who, for $5, will demonstrate that water drains differently on each side of the equator (I didn’t take him up on his offer). A few kilometres further down the road is a small town and we turned off onto dirt side roads at that point to seek out the Confluence. After about eight turns down progressively smaller roads (one or two of which ended up going the wrong way), we stopped at a farmhouse that my GPS said was only a hundred meters or so from the target. A 15-year-old named Franco Kanamugire emerged from the house and showed us a path that led in the right direction. So we set out on foot and in a minute we were standing beside a very large (and apparently untended) coffee bush, at the base of which was the Confluence. It is near the small house of Lukwango Posiano. We asked for and received permission to enter his property and photograph the spot. We gave him about $1 for his trouble. I don't think anyone understood what we were doing or why, but Ugandans are friendly people, so let us crazy foreigners go about our business.


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#1: View from the Confluence. That is a termite mound next to the house.
#2: View of the Confluence (at the base of the coffee bush) facing the opposite direction of the main view.
#3: GPS showing we are on the spot.
#4: The folks who made it possible: Richard in white; Franco in blue; Lukwango in orange; the others are neighbors who gathered because of the excitement.
#5: Aproximate location of the Confluence from the air (somewhere in the foreground). Lake Victoria and the main road from Kampala are in the background.
#6: Laurel and Brian crossing the equator on the main road from Kampala (note funnel in foreground).
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)