We had been thinking about doing this little Eastern Cape roadtrip for a while. Originally the plan was a slightly more elaborate, but because of a few other factors we decided to head straight to Nieu Bethesda and explore the town.
The reason for the visit to Nieu Bethesda is because a friend and colleague of mine, Lida, grew up there, her family still lives on the farm. Lida was going home for Christmas and the holidays, and we thought that this was a perfect excuse to get in the car, have a little roadtrip and visit her in Nieu Bethesda just after Christmas.
Another friend and colleague, Stacey, picked Ben and I up at 5.45am and we were off. The road was loooooong but beautiful. I had actually never driven through the Karoo before.
After a good eight hour drive, a couple of Steers and bathroom stops, we FINALLY arrived in Nieu Bethesda. I say finally because, thanks to Google Maps, we ended up taking the 30km dirt road to the farm instead of going through the actual town and it took us a good hour longer than it should’ve. But, because of this minor detour we did see quite a few tortoises (we even rescued one and helped it under the fence out of the road).
Another friend, Elodie and her boyfriend Timon had been doing their own little road trip through the Eastern Cape and they met us at Lida’s farm for a couple of nights.
We spent a beautiful three days in the little town of Nieu Bethesda; chilling by the pool, exploring the town, adventuring around the farm and having loads of fun.
Things to do in Nieu Bethesda
Ok, this place is a little strange – and the story behind it is too. Read about it here.
They make some amazing beer and their cheese board is EVERYTHING.
5. View Point
There is a beautiful view point that looks all over the town and its surroundings. We visited the view point on our last night there (before we went to this little restaurant that does the MOST amazing pizzas – ask any of the locals about it!).
We had an amazing couple of nights in Nieu Bethesda at the end of last year, I already want to go back.