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South Africa : Mpumalanga

12.9 km (8.0 miles) W of Sandfort, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Approx. altitude: 729 m (2391 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 25°N 149°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North and actual spot #3: View East showing mature plantation #4: View South #5: View  West towards contour showing incline and loose gravel #6: GPS reading #7: GPS tracking along the contour roads

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  25°S 31°E (visit #2)  

#1: General view showing plantations and the Drakensberg

(visited by Paan Walton and Willemien Walton)

12-Dec-2003 -- The degree confluence point lies just off road R535 from Hazyview in the lowveld to Graskop on the escarpment. The road winds up the Drakensberg, showing off some of the finest scenery including the beautiful Kowyn's Pass. The area is covered with bluegum and pine trees providing the papermills of SAPPI.

The confluence spot was tracked off the road down a steep decline. To find the spot the contour roads were followed (see photo #7 for the actual GPS tracking). Between the contours the gradient was quite steep and the ground very loose and slippery. Willemien had a nasty fall when she lost her footing following me. The plantation was still young and did not affect the GPS signals.


 All pictures
#1: General view showing plantations and the Drakensberg
#2: View North and actual spot
#3: View East showing mature plantation
#4: View South
#5: View West towards contour showing incline and loose gravel
#6: GPS reading
#7: GPS tracking along the contour roads
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)