Nieu Bethesda Accommodatie

Nieu Bethesda is a tiny town in the heart of the Great Karoo. You will find it 50 kilometres outside the larger town of Graaff Reinet, the 5th oldest town in South Africa. Both are located in the province of the Eastern Cape.

Nieu Bethesda is set in an arid, semi-desert landscape with the Kompasberg (Compass Mountain) towering over it. The stark contrast between flat desert and imposing mountain is quite something, and that is just a taster of what to expect from Nieu Bethesda.

The town is so small that not even a bank or petrol station exists in the town. For some reason the lack of these two seemingly basic amenities lend the town a truly rural feel, which give one a sense of really having escaped the well-trodden path! Add to this the fresh air, sunny skies, and at night, an incredible expanse of stars, and you have what many people would describe as heaven.

Nieu Bethesda is a quirky settlement, which was initially developed (as many of the small Karoo towns were) as a church town, and the Dutch Reformed Church still stands. It was founded in 1875 and gained municipal status in 1886. It soon developed into a thriving little agricultural town, whose economy depended on angora goats and sheep. These days though, it is the creative and sometimes eccentric population which attracts tourism, the town's main economic force.

The late Helen Martins' Owl House is the most well-known of these artsy enclaves in the town, with a garden brimming with cement sculptures decorated with different coloured glass and bottles. As the name implies, owls are a strong theme. There are also craft shops and numerous small galleries to get stuck into on your visit.

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Bethesda Tower
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Vanaf R195 PPS

A unique accommodation experience in a fairy-tale tower at a vibrant Arts Centre in the Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda. The Bethesda Arts Centre Tower is two minutes walk from the fascinating Owl ... Lees verder

Allendale Farm Guest Cottage
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Vanaf R290 PPS

Allendale is a working farm in the Eastern Cape, located in the beautiful district of Graaff-Reinet, the gem of the Karoo. By offering self catering, dinner bed & breakfast accommodation in our fam... Lees verder

The Ibis Lounge
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Vanaf R450 PPS

The Ibis Lounge offers Karoo-style accommodation with a choice of The Karoo Room, Amore Room or The Happy Room. Each features an en-suite bathroom, a shower, electric blankets, heater, fan, toiletries... Lees verder

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Vanaf R410 PPS

Outsiders' two stylish en-suite double rooms meet all your needs. Complete privacy is enjoyed, with each room having its own entrance and veranda. Make yourself comfortable on the porch and watch the ... Lees verder

Doornberg Guest Farm

Vanaf R375 PPS

Doornberg Farm is a working sheep & cattle farm situated in the Sneeuberg mountains. Magnificent oak trees, some more than 200 years old, dominate the splendid gardens that are watered by mountain str... Lees verder

Ganora Guestfarm & Excursions

Vanaf R150 PPS

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"In one day, you can have a lifetime experience starting 250 million years ago."Sheep farmers Hester and JP Steynberg would like to show you their discoveries made on the farm from the flinty rock th... Lees verder

Additional Accommodation in the Area

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Osfontein Guest Farm
22.9 km

Vanaf R300 PPS

Come and enjoy life as it was 100 YEARS AGO. Let your children experience life without electricity, cell phone coverage or burglar bars. (only gas appliances, paraffin lamps and fire places). You will... Lees verder

Buccara Wildlife Reserve Manor House
30 km

Vanaf R850 PPS

With its foundation dating back to 1774, this is surely one of the historical marvels of the Great Karoo area, if not South Africa. Emphasis has been laid on keeping the original style of this gem of... Lees verder

Buccara Wildlife Reserve Main House
30 km

Vanaf R1105 PPS

Slightly more modern than its historical neighbor, this lodge offers open living areas with a relaxed ambiance. Walk out of the entertainment area, after a game of Snooker on our full-sized table dat... Lees verder

Molweni Cottage
36.7 km

Vanaf R1200 PPS

Molweni Cottage offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in a renovated cottage located on an organic cattle farm, situated just 12.5 km from the historic town of Graaff-Reinet. The cottage i... Lees verder

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Nieu Bethesda Recensies

Nieu Bethesda Accommodatie scoort 4.5 / 5 op basis van 32 beoordelingen van gasten die boeken met Sleeping-OUT.

Nieu Bethesda
Absolutely beautiful. Next time we'll stay longer
- Debbie Hutchings

Nieu Bethesda
I am going to come back to this stunning little village.
- Baerbel Geschwill

Nieu Bethesda
Quirky, Karoo town well worth a visit. The Owl House is the obvious attraction, but there are more gems hidden In this mountain bowl.
- Mari-Louise Van Der Walt

Nieu Bethesda
Love it - been there many times.
- Clifford Kilian

Nieu Bethesda
I love this little town between the owl house and the Kitchener fossil experience and the wonderful pieces of art created at the art centre. The donkey cart and dirt streets. A little oasis in the middle of nowhere. I will be back
- Jenny Tanesse

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- Vossie Vosloo

Nieu Bethesda
Loved it we will be back

- Christine Bischoff

Nieu Bethesda
Quaint little town
- Elayne Tranter

Nieu Bethesda
Quaint and thoroughly charming. Sleepy little valley with no street lights and gorgeous surrounding mountains. Loved our stay!
- Melanie Motto-Ros

Nieu Bethesda
A wonderful experience and a sympathetic look into the life of Helen Martins.
- Sarie Josling

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