EXPLORE Nieu-Bethesda

In the Karoo, at the foot of at the Sneeuberg Mountain is a charming village, Nieu Bethesda.


The village is situated 50 kilometers from Graaff- Reinet and was founded as a church town, like all other Karoo villages. With its name originating from the Biblical name " John" which means "place of flowing water", Nieu Bethesda is popularly known as the oasis of the arid Karoo. The village is also serene and peaceful and has become appealing to those seeking an alternative lifestyle and sedate artists. 

A small village as it is, Nieu Bethesda offers a visitor more than what meets the eye. You are marvelled by several natural and man-made features that will leave you in awe. From various species of desert flora and fauna to hot springs and Cape Dutch style buildings, things to see and places to visit do not run shot in the village. If collecting is one of your passions, you will collect various arts and crafts in Nieu Bethesda as souvenirs. The village also has something for adventure enthusiasts and activities like hiking, fishing, swimming and nature walks can also be enjoyed.

Nieu Bethesda accommodation offers a variety of places to stay and has everything for everyone. Wth an exciting choice of guest houses, bed and breakfasts, self-catering units and backpackers, accommodation in Nieu Bethesda is perfect for a true Karoo experience. 

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