Nieu Bethesda

Nieu Bethesda

An oasis of Karoo hospitality

Where to eat

Nieu Bethesda Quick Eats and Drinks Guide Dear Valued Patrons, in our quaint small town, where every reservation matters, we kindly encourage you to plan ahead and secure your spot at our charming restaurant by...

Things to do

The Owl House The Owl House, often associated with Nieu Bethesda, is a key reason travelers detour off the N9 National Road near Graaff-Reinet. At first glance, the shuttered home seems typical of the region,...

Doornberg Guest Farm

Welcome to Doornberg Guest Farm, an oasis of Karoo hospitality, only 9 km from the beautiful village Nieu Bethesda. Doornberg Guest farm is an old established working Karoo guest farm. The farm is near the...

Welcome to Nieu Bethesda

The charming village of Nieu Bethesda is set in the fertile valley of the Sneeuberg Mountains. It is so secluded that development took a back seat leaving a rare historical integrity. It has become a popular retreat for artists and because of its unique appeal, this is a place that no visitor should miss.

Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberg, approximately 50 kilometres from Graaff Reinet. It was founded in 1875 as a church town.

Come and experience wonderful Karoo hospitality when visiting the wonderful town of Nieu Bethesda.

Where to eat

Nieu Bethesda Quick Eats and Drinks Guide

Dear Valued Patrons, in our quaint small town, where every reservation matters, we kindly encourage you to plan ahead and secure your spot at our charming restaurant by making a reservation. 
Your thoughtful consideration helps us provide the best dining experience for you and our community. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Village Inn Restaurant

Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Pub fare & Karoo lamb dishes.
Open Mon-Fri 08h30 – 14h.
Dinner from 17h – 19h30.
Open weekends from 08h to 20h
Closed on Sunday nights.
Elbé: 0723860594

Aunty Evelyn se Eetplek

Karoo dishes.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Open daily 08h – 20h.
Book in advance
Evelyn: 0838735526

Zalig

Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Coffee & cocktails.
Pizza, pasta & Karoo specials.
Closed Mondays.
Open Tues – Friday from 17h to close
Open Weekends from 08h to late.
Lorraine: 0833243322

Die Waenhuis Restaurant

Where Karoo flavours come alive!
Open evenings, Mon-Sat from 17h.
Closed Sundays
Booking ahead recommended.
Aubrie 0829442109

Bini’s Good Karoo food

Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Open Mon-Sun 08h – 20h.
Sebina 0714069837; 0768145659

Stirlings @ The Ibis

Six course Karoo Food Experience & A la carte menu.
Open Fri-Mon, Closed Tue-Thurs
Bookings essential
Barbara 0721106254

Bethesda Tower Restaurant

Light meals & all-day breakfast.
Open Mon-Sun 08h – 17h.
Contact 0498411731; 0730288887

Tot Hier Toe Padstal

Roosterkoek, lamb, afval, potjiekos & braai packs.
ALWAYS OPEN Mon – Sun 07h30 – 18h.
Chrissie 0825797460; 0765951259

Manna

Cake, pastries & coffee in a garden setting.
Open Sun 09h – 16h.
Please call to confirm
André 0726369167

Boetie’s Pub

Listed as one of the top 10 offbeat bars to visit! – Beer, wine & spirits. Braai facilities
Open Mon – Fri 16h till late
Open weekends 11h till late
Boetie 0782062925

The Brewery and Two Goats Deli

Locally brewed craft beer cheese platters, deli & coffee roastery
Open daily 8h – 19h
André 0810157996

Die Winkel

General Dealer. Firewood, braai packs, cold drinks, fresh vegetables – A MUST VISIT!
Open daily 8h – 19h.
Saju 0627496795

Fenkies

Freshly baked bread, vetkoek & roosterkoek.
Pickles, Jam, Marmalade.
Please order a day in advance.
Fenkie 0663532027.

Denise’s

Vetkoek Freshly baked vetkoek & roosterkoek. Please order two
days in advance. Minimum order vetkoek – 10 and mini
vetkoek – 60. Plain or Mince filling.
Denise 0673212613.

Things to do

The Owl House

The Owl House, often associated with Nieu Bethesda, is a key reason travelers detour off the N9 National Road near Graaff-Reinet. At first glance, the shuttered home seems typical of the region, until you see the arch leading into the Camel Yard and the cement owls with glass bottle eyes guarding the perimeter.

Created by Helen Martins between 1945 and 1976, the Owl House is an example of outsider art. Disillusioned by her mundane life, Martins transformed her environment with light, color, and texture. Known locally as Miss Helen, she was a reclusive figure who enlisted local workers, especially Koos Malgas, to help create sculptures of mermaids, camels, and pilgrims, all journeying to a mystical east.

Using cement, glass, mirrors, and wire, Miss Helen’s imagination crafted a magical world influenced by Bible stories, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and everyday objects. Her work inspired many, including playwright Athol Fugard, who wrote “The Road to Mecca,” later adapted into a film.

Website: https://theowlhouse.co.za/

Tel: 049 841 1733

Email: admin@theowlhouse.co.za 

Guided Walking Tours

Unwind and Explore the Majestic Karoo with Wide Open Spaces

Seeking a unique escape into the vastness of the Karoo? Wide Open Spaces offers unforgettable guided walking adventures crafted specifically for the Great Karoo.

Led by passionate and knowledgeable guides, explore lesser-known trails, immerse yourself in the tranquility of this magical region, and discover the hidden gems of the Nieu Bethesda landscape. Learn about the fascinating flora and fauna, the rich local culture, and savor delicious meals along the way.

Wide Open Spaces caters to all experience levels, ensuring a truly rejuvenating experience for every Karoo adventurer.

Website: https://wospaces.co.za/
Contact: Anthony Rosenbaum
Email: anthonyr@wospaces.co.za
Tel: 0723683253

Nieu-Bethesda Sports Club

Open to the public for tennis, bowls, hiring of the venue and a weekly braai on Saturday evenings.

Stefan & Lisa Jacobs
Martins Street
Tel: 084 261 3512 OR 082 703 7178

E-mail:nieubethesdasportclub@gmail.com

Visit “Marette se Bank”

Enjoy the viewpoint overlooking the village of Nieu-Bethesda at a bench erected by Yvonne (van Niekerk) du Plessis in loving memory of her 46 year friendship with Marette (Wolfaardt) Pienaar who passed away in 2007. Best at sunrise & sunset. Accessible via the Riverdene Road.

Ganora Guest Farm Excursions

Bushman Rock Art, Anglo Boer War Engravings, Medicinal Plant Walk, Private Fossil Museum, Hiking & Mountain Bike Routes, Birding and more available at Ganora Guest Farm. Guided tours available by appointment.

Tel: 049 8411 302 or 082 698 0029

E-mail:ganoraguestfarm@gmail.com

Nieu-Bethesda Camino_Slackpacking the Karoo

The Nieu-Bethesda Camino is a 100km walk over 5 x days with scenic Karoo and mountain views. There are set group dates throughout the year powerd by Slackpacking the Karoo (Pty) Ltd.

Tel: 072 460 3621

E-mail: info@slackpackingthekaroo.co.za

Kareelaagte Guest Farm

360-degree Karoo Sunset Tour, interact with farm animals, beautiful rustic, gravel roads on top of the mountains ideal for hiking, 4 x 4 vehicles and mountain bikes on Kareelaagte, a working farm.

Tel: 082 822 5311 or 049 8400 350

E-mail: kareelaagteguestfarm@gmail.com

The Lookout Studio

Antoinette Kriel offers workshops, courses and events in the tranquil setting of our Karoo village.

Tel: 083 556 3043

E-mail:info@creativejourneys.co.za

Walk the Labyrinth at Gregg Price Gallery

The Labyrinth at Gregg Price gallery is a space for visitors to enter and enjoy at any time. It is a replica of the medieval labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral in France.

Tel: 083 258 3104

E-mail:greggcprice@gmail.com

Stone Folk of Ongeluksloot

The Stone Folk, by artist Ryno Greeff, is a permanent outdoor installation of stone figures carefully placed in the landscape of Ongeluksloot, on the farm Doornberg, outside the small Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda in the Eastern Cape.

Tel: 082 447 5117

E-mail:ryno@hot.co.za

Walk the Poplar Forest & Ancient Water Furrow

Walk in the poplar forest and follow the ancient water furrow supplying Nieu-Bethesda with water. Perfect for picnics.

Directions: Access it easily past Boetie’s Pub, taking a left from Hill street.

Walk the Sir Frederic Suspension Bridge

Walk the Sir Frederic Bridge suspended over the Gats River to connect to sections of the village. Beautiful views of the village.

Directions: Access via Parsonage or Pienaar Street signage.