Nestled at the foot of the Sneeuberg mountain range, the eccentric Nieu-Bethesda charms you with her dusty streets, starry nights, delicious hearty meals and the generosity of Karoo people as the majestic Compassberg towers over the village.

It was established in 1878 and drew international attention in the 1980’s when Helen Martin’s Owl House was featured in Athol Fugard‘s play “Road to Mecca“.

At an altitude of 1300m it has a desert climate with hot dry days and cool nights, which makes summers bearable. Blessed with abundant water and an ancient, still operational water furrow system throughout the village, it attracts a variety of wildlife and birds.

Being in the middle of nowhere does have its challenges. The nearest medical assistance is in Graaff-Reinet, 60km from Nieu-Bethesda and there are no petrol stations, ATMs or shopping centres. Die Winkel, our general dealer, provides the village with a great selection of products.

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