The thing that really impressed me about Johannesburg was the diversity of birds sharing space with people. It was a great introduction to the biodiversity of the country. There were two highlights that stand out in my mind. First was a tiny aquatic bird refuge in a nieghborhood near my lodging. It was bursting with birdlife. The second was a termite swarm that we stumbled across. It brought in hundreds of birds intent on feasting as fast as possible on the juicy insects.
My travelling companion for the month long journey was an experienced biologist, and mountain climber named Tom Choate. He is in remarkably good health for a 75 year old. We rented a car and explored the northern, and eastern regions of South Africa.