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Nieu Bethesda

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Standing in splendid isolation at the end of a dirt road, this remote Karoo village will touch something in your soul. Surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in the Karoo, it offers an unusual stopover en route from Cape Town, the Garden Route, Gauteng or Lesotho.

As Nieu Bethesda has the area’s only backpacker and a lot to hold your interest, we suggest you make it your Great Karoo base...

The Owl House

Home to Helen Martins, a reclusive artist who peopled her garden with concrete sculptures and the interior with ground glass and mirrors, this extraordinary place is well worth a visit.

10 GREAT DAY TRIPS FROM NIEU-BETHESDA

1. Rock art and fossil tour
2. Bike or drive around the Compassberg
3. Train trip up the old Lootsberg Pass
4. Walk to the spring
5. Hike the Gats River Canyon
6. Climb the Compassberg (highest free-standing peak in the Cape)
7. Graaff-Reinet (museums, monuments and cactus nursery)
8. Camdeboo National Park and Valley of Desolation
9. Mountain Zebra National Park and Pred-a-Tours Wild Cat Breeding Centre
10. Cradock and Olive Schreiner House