WORDS: BETSIE LOOCK-VAN DER MERWE IMAGES: RENE WALKER
Wingate Park is a smallish well-established and beautiful tree-filled suburb just south-east of Pretoria, close to the Rigel Avenue interchange off the N1.
The neighbourhood is located between Elardus Park and Moreleta Park and borders on Erasmuskloof to its north. This location ensures easy access to main roads like Delmas Road, and is close to the main Pretoria East roads like De Villebois-Mareuil and Solomon Mahlangu Drive.
It boasts the landmark Wingate Park Country Club established in 1947, and almost touches on the lovely Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve – these two green areas enhance the beauty and serenity of the neighbourhood.
Property in Wingate Park is sought-after and rather scarce, but generally offers lots of space and comprise some smaller townhouses suitable for young and small families as well as big traditional homes ranging from three- to seven-bedroom buildings.
Gary and Megan Musk have lived in the same house in Wingate Park for 30 years.
But what makes Wingate Park a special suburb to live in? “The suburb is well-designed filled with family homes, close to what you need and far enough from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a quiet lifestyle,” says Megan.
When the Musks were looking for an outlying (at the time) neighbourhood east of the city, Wingate Park’s favourable location close to schools caught their attention.
Wingate Park is a quiet residential suburb with not much economic activities going on. “The suburb itself does not have lots of recreational attractions and places of entertainment. However, the Pretoria Chinese School in the centre of the suburb often has activities, and residents are enthusiastically supporting them.”
The Musks noted some changes in the sociability of the community over the past 30 years. “This is not unique to Wingate Park but rather a national tendency due to socio-economic reasons. Many people now have high walls around their properties and avoid walking in the streets.” This impacts on the openness of communities countrywide. “The portion of Wingate Park that we live in is lovely, where people still tend their sidewalks, walk their dogs and wave at each other.”
Carina Lubbe says there are good safety measures in place in Wingate Park, and she stresses the positive influence of two prominent security companies in the neighbourhood.
Residents tend to spend weekends at home enjoying the peace and serenity of their gardens and lovely trees in the hood. Families get together, braai and have a good time at their own homes. However, everything else is just a short drive away. Golf-playing residents have a choice of courses in the vicinity, like Wingate Golf Club, Kimiad Golf Course and Woodhill Golf Course.
Nature enthusiasts will enjoy a short hike through the Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve with its many footpaths, rich birdlife and game that can be seen from the stoep of the well-known old Farmhouse later turned into the Rademeyer’s Restaurant. Rietvlei Nature Reserve offers a host of outdoor activities to every member of the family.
Big-city entertainment is also just around the corner. In addition to many smaller shopping centres in and around the neighbourhood, Menlyn Maine with its state-of-the-art live entertainment venue and Menlyn shopping centre with all its movie theatres, restaurants and games arcade, are easily and quickly accessible from Wingate Park.
Little Umhlanga Guesthouse is owned by Carina and Johann Lubbe, residents of Wingate Park for the past 10 years.
This guesthouse offers safe, affordable accommodation in a welcoming and caring atmosphere.
“Wingate Park is the ideal location for our business. It’s centrally located within easy access of the N1 and R21 highways, and it’s only a 30-minute drive to OR Tambo International Airport,” says Carina. “We’re within walking distance of a primary school and a high school, with Kloof Hospital just around the corner, and Wingate Park Country Club only a stone’s throw away from us.”
Little Umhlanga Guest House do not only cater to people visiting the aforementioned venues, but regularly hosts people who attend shows at Menlyn or international visitors who prefer to stay in Pretoria. “Despite its proximity to main roads, Wingate Park is surprisingly quiet and has a relaxing atmosphere.”
What I love most about Wingate Park is the quiet, peacefulness and safety, the established gardens and beautiful trees… CARINE LUBBE, RESIDENT FOR 10 YEARS
- Castle Walk Shopping Centre
- Elardus Park Shopping Centre
- Moreleta Park Lifestyle Centre
- Olive Wood Shopping Centre
- Winmore Village
- Wingate Park Country Club and golf course
- Moreletakloof Nature Reserve
- Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve
- Wolwespruit Bike Park
- Green belts alongside main roads in the area
MEDICAL FACILITIES NEARBY
- Netcare Pretoria East
- Mediclinic Kloof Hospital
- Netcare Unitas Hospital
- Cure Day Hospitals Erasmuskloof
- Life Wilgers Hospital
- Wingate Park Country Club Restaurant: tried and tested in lovely green surroundings
- The Hangover Sports Bar: Portuguese cuisine, pizzas, pub grubs, live entertainment
- Coco Bistro Castle Walk: multi-cuisined, family-friendly restaurant
- Elephant & Friends: cosy, good food, vibey entertainment
- KFC, Fishaways, Steers: fresh takeaway food just around the corner in Elardus Park
- Pretoria Chinese School: independent school from junior preparatory to Grade 12
- Carpe Diem Academy: independent high school
- Hoërskool Waterkloof
- Glenstantia Primary School
- Laerskool Constantiapark
- Laerskool Elarduspark
- Engen Garstkloof Filling Station
- BP at the corner of Hesketh Drive and De Villebois-Mareuil Road
- Total Elardus Park