The people in this tale of two kinds of city – one suburbian, the other wilderness – are three couples who enjoy a rare privilege. They are in South Africa’s magnificent Cape Peninsula. They share a small unspoiled enclave right at the sea’s edge. They have daily insight into the lives of an extraordinary variety of wild animals most people never see. And they enjoy their tiny game reserve with passion.

Liz the Lens, an ardent and excellent photographer, captures the action with an awesome array of equipment and the help of consultant Ernie. Fundi Doreen, who identifies animals and even individuals, and wordsmith Wilf record details of the activity. Hawk-Eye Kath, backed by engineer Chris, keeps so close a watch on the environment not even a sick seagull escapes her notice.

Over the years the trio of partners have accumulated a fascinating collection of experiences beyond the reach of all city dwellers except those who, like us, are lucky to be living on the urban edge. This website shares with you some of those experiences and anecdotes plus much information about the animals.

What makes our enclave so special is that it is next door to the Table Mountain National Park that makes Cape Town probably the only large city in the world to have a huge game reserve at its heart, home to a great range of natural treasures.

Most of the material in this account of life in our urban jungle has been gathered by the three indefatigable ladies who each has observed it in their own special way from their own special viewpoints.

Hawk Eye Kath watched a southern right whale give birth in a little bay a stone’s throw from her home. She can spot porpoises almost beyond the horizon. She’s usually the first to bring our attention to activity.

Fundi (an African word for expert) Doreen is very knowledgeable about both birds and animals from personal observation and study. She is the one everybody goes to when there is a puzzle to be sorted out.

Liz the Lens is the most energetic with her three Nikons, ten lenses from macro to 800mm and her patience and ability to leopard-crawl close to her targets. It’s not without offbeat experiences. While she was peering into her viewfinder one day a large dassie sentry walked right up to check her out and boldly proceeded to drag her camera bag into the bushes. She has identified 21 different dassie calls.

And their men? They help where they can and keep the beer cold.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. de Wets Wild July 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    All the best with your new venture guys, we’re sure it will be a great success!


  2. Alison and Don August 29, 2014 / 5:41 am

    Well your blog has my husband and me reading all about dassies. We’d never heard of them, but long ago when I was in Africa I saw a rock hyrax, the same thing I believe. As I write this Don is reading aloud to me about the theory of their connection with elephants.
    Africa is definitely on the list!
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey.
    Cheers, Alison


    • oururbanwilderness September 3, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Appreciate your comment. Yes we’re intrigued by your travels, and will be up for reading more of your adventures.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Dina September 26, 2014 / 11:41 am

    🙂 Sounds great, all the best for you and your blog and thank you so much for visiting The World according to Dina!
    I’d love to see the dassies for myself one day. Nature on the Edge (wonderful blog) introduced them to me last year, now I’ll have a look yours.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Greetings from the North,


    • oururbanwilderness September 26, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Hi Dina, thanks for the wishes 🙂 Wilf’s the writer, and i’m doing the photography. I’m fortunate to have neighbours with such a wealth of knowledge in conservation and animal ecology. Wilf also writes political thrillers, and has recent published a photographic documentary on the lead up to Mozambique’s independence. Best to The Fab Four!!


  4. Dina September 26, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Now, I have had a good look at your blog and I’m a bit confused … and then again not … this is Nature on the Edge?
    Love, Dina


    • oururbanwilderness September 26, 2014 / 1:15 pm

      You’ve fathomed us out, Dina! I’m still posting on NOTE, but we’ve decided to go for a combined blog with Wilf’s wonderful writing skills. We’re lucky to be in a community with a love of all things nature; Wilf sees the human aspect too 🙂 By the way, thanks for the spot on the xxs format, i hadn’t checked the picture gallery upload and they came up as thumbnails. I’ve just amended them, thanks.


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