The village of Nieu-Bethesda is set in a fertile valley of the Sneeuberg mountains beneath the Compassberg. Originally established as a mission station in 1875, it became a municipality about 1886.
Through it's isolation, the village has retained a rare historical and architectural integrity.
Popular as a retreat for artists, the unique appeal of the village and allure of the Owl House make this a place that no visitor should miss.
The strange and wonderful Owl House created by Helen Martins in the 50s and made famous by Athol Fugard in The Road to Mecca.
Handmade items include slippers, ornaments and clothing made by Nieu Bethesda women.
Art and crafts created by locals.
See local artists cement & wire creations In front of the Owl House
Guided tours to Bushman & Khoi rock art, private fossil & artefact museum and a fossil walk
Figurines in all kinds of materials from wood to crystal
Works of the acclaimed sculptor.
Ggraves dating back hundreds of years
The imposing white church asserts its presence over the entire valley
Next to the owl House and tells the story of life in South Africa 253 million years ago during the Permian Period.
A quaint stone building houses this ancient water mill with a great view.