What to do in Nieu-Bethesda
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Top 10 Things to do in and around Nieu-Bethesda

1.            The Owl House – Helen Martin’s creativity conjures up an array of emotions, from wonder and excitement to curiosity and sadness

2.            Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre – share the inspiration of several world class palaeontologists growing up in Nieu-Bethesda

3.            Church –the grandest edifice in the village, built in 1905 its long Gothic spire sores up into the dazzling Karoo sky

4.            Cemetery – graves dating back to the late 1700’s and the Anglo Boer War

5.           Old Mill – recently restored to working order, one of the few buildings still belonging to the church

6.            San Rock Art – unique, informative tours on a working Karoo sheep farm

7.            Donkey Cart Tour – gather a colourful perspective on village life

8.            Karoo Craft – support local entrepreneurs in front of the Owlhouse and at the Karoo Lamb

9.          Karoo Books – leaf through a variety of volumes, current or collectible at Dustcovers and The Karoo Lamb

10.          Karoo Art – several established artist live and work in Nieu-Bethesda, some with studios open to the public


10 Great Karoo Walks in the Camdeboo

1.            The Compassberg dominating the horizon at 2502m, is well worth a full days walk - or enjoy a variety of easier hikes in the surrounding Sneeuberge

2.            Gatsrivier Canyon - on Ganora Guestfarm

3.            Follow the Nieu-Bethesda water furrow – the reason for the village being here

4.            Circular Village Walk – see the sites of Nieu-Bethesda

5.            Crag Lizard Walk - at the Valley of Desolation outside Graaff-Reinet

6.            Walk to the Viewpoint overlooking Nieu-Bethesda

7.            Eerstefontein Day Walk – in the Camdeboo National Park

8.            Krugersbaken - the highest peak in the Northern Cape

9.            Lantern Parade – walk with the Festival of Lights on Old Years Eve in Nieu-Bethesda

10.          The Gideon Scheepers Trail – in the Camdeboo National Park


10 Engaging Activities in Nieu-Bethesda

1.            Hiking – see 10 Great Karoo Walks

2.            Star Gazing – absent street lights and cloudless skies allow the Milky Way to dominate the Great Karoo night

3.            Birding – is excellent with many Karoo endemics and an accumulation of several thousand Blue Cranes at their wintering grounds

4.            “Die Ramstal” Pub – join the locals for a sundowner or banter over a game of rugby

5.            Brewery –local beer and goat cheeses

6.            Pastry – join Andre at “Manna” for ‘better cake and coffee”

7.            Explore local Boer War history– graves and rock engravings

8.            Mountain biking

9.            “stoepsit” at one of the coffee shops

10.          Arts and craft shopping


10 Places to Eat & Drink in Nieu-Bethesda

1.            Sneeuberg Brewery – local beer and goat cheeses

2.            The Karoo Lamb – serves all meals daily, often featuring local lamb, venison and seasonal veg

3.            “Die Ramstal” Pub – join the locals for a sundowner or banter over a game of rugby

4.            Pastry – join Andre at “Manna” for ‘better cake and coffee”

5.            Auntie Evelyn – “boerekos” home-cooked at her township house

6.            The Bethesda Arts Centre – a good variety of curries

7.            The Post Office – great steaks and lemon meringue

8.            Bruno’s Pizzas – locally designed

9.            Melting Pot – pancakes

10.          The Village Inn – oldest establishment in the village


10 Unique Buys in Nieu-Bethesda

1.            Cement owls – support the local crafters

2.            Local ale – at the Sneeuberg Brewery

3.            Goats Milk Cheese– at the Sneeuberg Brewery

4.            Sculptures – Frans Boekooi’s studio

5.            Ceramics – “Ware on Earth” by Charmaine and Martin Haines

6.            Home-made Body Products – by Reinet at “The Blue Cupboard” honesty shop

7.            Karoo Books – new at the Karoo Lamb and previously read at Dustcovers

8.            Great Karoo garlic – grown by Boetie, the barman at the “Ramstal” Pub

9.            Hand-made croissants – from Andre at “Manna”

10.          Embroidery – bags and purses hand-made by local woman, sold at “The Karoo Lamb”

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