Nieu Bethesda Accommodation

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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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 ... Read More

Allendale Farm Guest Cottage
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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... Read More

The Ibis Lounge
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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... Read More

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Outsiders has two stylish en-suite double rooms which are ideal for all your needs. Complete privacy is enjoyed, with each room having its own entrance and veranda. Make yourself comfortable on the po... Read More

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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... Read More

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Mooiuitzicht is a spacious, comfortable home situated in large grounds with stunning views of the surrounding montains and the valley. The house is perfect for families and groups of friends. The ho... Read More

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Sneeuberg Backpackers is nestled in a quite road in the small peaceful village of Nieu Bethesda; famous for the Helen Martins Owl House. At night, the property lights up with fairy touches of solar li... Read More

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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... Read More

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De Toren Cottages is situated on the beautiful farm De Toren, located outside of Nieu-Bethesda and offers rustic and modern stone cottages. Our cottages are an experience of true karoo hospitality on ... Read More

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The Glen Bed & Breakfast
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The Glen is a fourth generation in the family working karoo sheep farm. Situated in a scenic valley adjacent to the N9, 37 km north of Graaff-Reinet. Quality accommodation is offered in quiet surroun... Read More

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Nieu Bethesda Reviews

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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Nieu Bethesda
Loved it we will be back

- Christine Bischoff

Nieu Bethesda
Quaint little town
- Elayne Tranter