The area is all about open skies and fresh country air. Farms and smallholdings dominate and the positioning of the suburb gives you a sense of peace and tranquillity which city slickers are increasingly seeking out.
Residents like Tracy Schroeder rate the community’s passion and care for animals as one of the best reasons to live in the area. “Having the privilege of sharing our beautiful suburb with Kragga Kamma Game Park, small free-roaming wildlife and plenty of resident horses means animal welfare is a focal point in our suburb,” says Tracy.
She is also passionate about the active community Facebook page which she says keeps residents informed on public announcements, events in the area, any suspicious activity and even lost pets.
“Traffic is generally a breeze in Theescombe, with the occasional traffic jam, most often caused by a flock of guinea fowl, baby ducks or large tortoises crossing the road,” says Tracy, who has been a resident here for eight years.
Just next door to Theescombe, off the Kragga Kamma Road, is one of Port Elizabeth’s most loved venues for family outings: Holmeleigh Farmyard – an animal touch farm with tractor rides and a host of playground equipment, where parents can relax and children can play to their heart’s content.
A drive through Theescombe and its surrounds offers several quaint spots for tea or coffee with a real country feel.
Although it is considered a bit of a drive for some, those who have chosen to live here say there is nothing better than coming home to a peaceful suburb like Theescombe after a busy day at work.
It is not uncommon to see families riding horses, bicycles or walking their dogs in the early mornings or evenings
Tracy Schroeder, resident
Things to do:
- The Holmeleigh Farmyard
- Kragga Kamma Game Park
- Guinea Fowl Trail
Best in food:
- Thatchwoods: a family-run venue for weddings, conferences, team building and Sunday lunch.
- Sue-Anne's Food: a family-owned and run restaurant with everything from hearty home-style cooking to more elegant meals.
- The Boma: a welcoming retreat and delicious meals await at this safari-style restaurant.
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.