Nieu-Bethesda is a small village in the Eastern Cape, most well-known for the Owl House, and it's artistic community.

Church Street in Nieu-Bethesda
A statue at the Owl House

Get in

From Middelburg (north) take the marked gravel road (27km).

From Graaff-Reinet (south) take the first turn off to Nieu-Bethesda - 25km tarred road.

From Cradock (east) take the Graaff-Reinet road. When at the T junction turn right towards Middelburg for 600m and then left towards Nieu-Bethesda for 27km.



There are several hiking areas around town, and biking and horse-riding opportunities as well..


There are numerous art shops, and local cement and other crafts can be bought from the side of the road.


Because the village is so small, most eateries require you to book in advance for anything beyond light meals. Most food includes the local karoo lamb, so vegetarian food needs to be specifically requested. Try some sheep's yoghurt or sheep's cheese, a surprisingly mild taste, and probably more palatable for most than goat's dairy.


There is ample accommodation in the town, with numerous guest houses available.

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