What to do in Nieu-Bethesda
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  • Longitude: 24.552909135818
  • Latitude: -31.867425990082
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About What to do in Nieu-Bethesda

Top 10 Things to do in and around Nieu-Bethesda

  • The Owl House – Helen Martin’s creativity conjures up an array of emotions, from wonder and excitement to curiosity and sadness.
  • Fossils - 
    • Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre – share the inspiration of several world class palaeontologists growing up in Nieu-Bethesda
    • Ganora Fossil Museum - A large private collection of fossils and a guided fossil walk.
  • Church –the grandest edifice in the village, built in 1905 its long Gothic spire sores up into the dazzling Karoo sky.
  • Cemetery – graves dating back to the late 1700’s and the Anglo Boer War
  • Old Mill – recently restored to working order, one of the few buildings still belonging to the church
  • San Rock Art – unique, informative tours on Ganora, working Karoo sheep farm
  • Donkey Cart Tour – gather a colourful perspective on village life
  • Karoo Craft – support local entrepreneurs in front of the Owlhouse.
  • Karoo Books – leaf through a variety of volumes, current or collectible at Dustcovers and The Karoo Lamb
  • Karoo Art – several established artists live and work in Nieu-Bethesda, some with studios open to the public

10 Great Karoo Walks in the Camdeboo

  • 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
  • Five marked hiking trails on Ganora Guestfarm  (click for details)
  • Follow the Nieu-Bethesda water furrow – the reason for the village being here
  • Circular Village Walk – see the sites of Nieu-Bethesda
  • Crag Lizard Walk - at the Valley of Desolation outside Graaff-Reinet
  • Walk to the Viewpoint overlooking Nieu-Bethesda
  • Eerstefontein Day Walk – in the Camdeboo National Park
  • Krugersbaken - the highest peak in the Northern Cape
  • Lantern Parade – walk with the Festival of Lights on Old Years Eve in Nieu-Bethesda
  • The Gideon Scheepers Trail – in the Camdeboo National Park

10 Engaging Activities in Nieu-Bethesda

  • Hiking – see 10 Great Karoo Walks
  • Star Gazing – absent street lights and cloudless skies allow the Milky Way to dominate the Great Karoo night
  • Birding – is excellent with many Karoo endemics and an accumulation of several hundreds Blue Cranes at their wintering grounds
  • “Boetie's” Pub – join the locals for a sundowner or banter over a game of rugby
  • Brewery – local beer and goat cheeses
  • Pastry – join Andre at “Manna” for ‘better cake and coffee”
  • Explore local Boer War history – graves and rock engravings on Ganora.
  • Mountain biking
  • “stoepsit” at one of the coffee shops
  • Arts and craft shopping

10 Places to Eat & Drink in Nieu-Bethesda

  • Sneeuberg Brewery – local beer and goat cheeses
  • The Ibis Lounge – hearty gourmet Karoo dining.
  • “Boetie's” Pub – join the locals for a sundowner or banter over a game of rugby
  • Pastry – join Andre at “Manna” for ‘better cake and coffee”
  • Auntie Evelyn – “boerekos” home-cooked at her township house
  • The Bethesda Arts Centre – a good variety of curries
  • The Post Office – great steaks and lemon meringue
  • Bruno’s Pizzas – locally designed
  • Die Waenhuis – Take aways and restaurant with a la carte menu
  • The Village Inn – oldest establishment in the village

10 Unique Buys in Nieu-Bethesda

  • Cement owls – support the local crafters
  • Local ale – at the Sneeuberg Brewery
  • Goats Milk Cheese – at the Sneeuberg Brewery
  • Sculptures – Frans Boekooi’s studio
  • Ceramics – “Ware on Earth” by Charmaine and Martin Haines
  • Home-made Body Products – by Reinet at “The Blue Cupboard” honesty shop
  • Karoo Books – new at the Karoo Lamb and previously read at Dustcovers
  • Great Karoo garlic – grown by Boetie, the barman at the “Ramstal” Pub
  • Hand-made croissants – from Andre at “Manna”
  • Embroidery – bags and purses hand-made by local woman, sold at “The Karoo Lamb”

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