Outdoor FacilitiesBird reserve
Thesen Islanders have the privilege of a bird reserve on their own doorstep. The southern edge of the island with its stretches of reed beds is an important heron breeding ground, and the marshes on the north-eastern side are teeming with water birds and waders like cormorants, egrets, African spoonbills, Egyptian geese, and blacksmith lapwings, while the rare and distinctive black oystercatcher is often sighted as well. A bird hide overlooking the wetlands allows residents to observe coots, herons, egrets and ducks at close range.
Vegetable Gardens & Maze
Do you enjoy the simple pleasure of home-grown herbs, spices and vegetables, fresh from the garden directly to your own kitchen table? Thesen Islanders are positively encouraged to pursue this healthy alternative. All residents have access to the communal vegetable garden. Contact Alain van der Wath of Elements at 082-8933450 to be allocated a lot. A nominal annual fee for your water is charged. The raised beds are fully prepared with good topsoil and compost. The vegetable garden is situated next to the children's playground behind the Clubhouse.
The maze behind the communal vegetable garden was constructed from excess poles recovered from the demobilisation of the old timber factory. The poles have been threaded with trees and creepers to provide a magical experience for children and adults alike.
The kiddies playground adjacent to the clubhouse is always in demand. The wooden apparatus is colourfully painted and children can choose from swings, see-saws, slides and jungle gyms while their parents or minders relax at the benches and tables provided.
Every afternoon you'll find a group of enthusiastic residents and their animated dogs congregated in the white picket-fenced, lawned dog run area. Here, even the largest pooch can comfortably stretch his legs or just check his pee mail off the leash in a safe environment. Water points, dog dropping disposal bins and benches (for the owners) are provided.