Location: Joahnnesburg, South Africa
Address: 39 Tyrwhitt Avenue, Rosebank
Date: October 2018
We travelled to South Africa in hopes of seeing as many different animals as we possibly could. The first place we visited when we arrived was the Rosebank section of Johannesburg. We stayed in a Courtyard Hotel across the street from a busy shopping centre. Little did we know that behind the gates of our hotel we would be introduced to so much wildlife.
After settling into our room, we headed outside and walked towards the main entrance. Coming along the pathway was a leopard tortoise. He stopped and gave us a look and then lumbered along. This tortoise was a permanent resident. His shell was far too big to fit under any fences. He seemed perfectly content, but if he wanted to escape his only chance would be to make a break for it when security opened the front gate for a guest. Security opened the gate for us to leave. We looked back as we crossed the street and headed to the mall. We didn't see any tortoises following us.
These beautiful trees are not native to Africa, but came from Brazil. The first jacaranda were said to be brought here and planted in 1888. There has since been a ban on planting more but every year the streets of Johannesburg still turn purple.
As we returned to our hotel we noticed a cape white eye sitting up in one of the jacarandas. These small greenish-yellow birds have a bright white circle around their eyes. We wished that we could see the jacaranda from the bird's vantage point high up in the branches.
Another bird we spotted up in the trees was this common myna. It had chosen a less colourful tree to make its perch. This bird is also known as the Indian myna and is now an invasive species found all over the world.
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Courtyard Hotel Rosebank
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