Nieu Besthesda

About 50 km from Graaff Reinet in the Sneeuberge of the Great Karoo lies the beautiful village of Bethesda.

When the town was proclamed, -due to a language mistake, it was registered as New Bethesda, while the intention was for it to be simply Bethesda. Locally it is known as Bethesda.

A view on ‘Spitskop’ or as it has later become known Compassberg.


The highest mountain in the old Cape Province at around 2500 metres. Which explains the Snow on the Mountains ๐Ÿ˜‰

Even in town they sometimes still have frost as late as November. A short summer for the country.

The town is famous for Helen Martins who left the Owl House as her legacy. Some Queen of the Nights in bloom in front of her house.

We’ll leave her sad history for now.

Some of the old houses, gardens and views in the village.

The old water mill has been restored and can still turn out a mean flour.


When the sun sets..

The church and its garden from afar and closer up.


The beautiful Valley of Desolation in the vicinity. Almost a shame it is not as desolated as before ๐Ÿ˜‰

The village boasts lots of places to stay and eat. Especially it you bear in mind that they have 60 or so permanent inhabitants, – somehow opinion varies ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you are in the area it is a good idea to visit them. The view on the way there alone is memorable enough to make it worth your while. To give you some idea, this is the valley just outside the village, – late afternoon on the way home from Graaff Reinet.



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