Planning a trip to the Northern Cape or the Eastern / Western Cape Karoo? A useful and inspirational book to have on the road is the Getaway Guide to the Karoo, Namaqualand & Kalahari - Out and About in the Northern Cape by Brent Naudé-Moseley & Steve Moseley, who are also the proprietors of Karoo Cottage in Loxton.

Karoo, Namaqualand and Kalahari represents not only some of the most remote areas in southern Africa, but also the most scenic and rustic on the subcontinent – a region framed by a stark beauty that provides an ideal getaway from well-trodden tourist paths. This fascinating guide provides a unique exploration of its hidden treasures, national parks and wildlife reserves. Find out where to go and what to see, sound advice on finding your way through the Karoo, Namaqualand and Kalahari as well as alphabetical accounts of all the towns, villages and stopovers, maps and the what, where and how of adventure activities.

Authors Steve Moseley & Brent Naudé-Moseley live in the Karoo where they’ve spent the past ten years writing and photographing this and neighbouring regions. During this time they have developed a great love and respect for its natural and historical heritage, people and culture - all of which have opened their eyes to a simpler lifestyle and different values. Their travel articles and images appear in local and international publications and, after years of travel and research, they have launched a unique photo library (www.karooimages.co.za) specialising in the Great Karoo, Kalahari and Namaqualand.

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Slow Life
This place has charm in abundance. Warm, friendly and hospitable people. If you need a break from the city hustle and bustle -- go to Nieu Bethesda. It's breathtakingly gorgeous!
Roshan Cader
South Africa


Art and history and peace
A little town not to be missed and take the road less traveld out of Nieu Bethesda as well.
Yolande Steenkamp
South Africa


Stole my heart
I absolutely love the Karoo and Nieu Bethesda is personally one of my favourites. Children always in tears when we have to leave
amore de klerk
South Africa


Slowing it down
Nieu Bethesda offers us the idyllic retreat into simple pleasures we crave after city living.
Janet Viljoen
South Africa


Renew your Soul
Go there and find out, take nothing away from it, give everything good about yourself, please do not build castles in the sky ...... Nieu Bethesda be true to yourself and grow in spirit. You renewed ours and I hope we are able to grow on your blissful soul.
Ros & David Lindley
South Africa


Gravel road town with friendly people
Walking down gravel roads to buy los lekkers at the corner cafe.... Nieu Bethesda may be renowned for the Owl House,but it is the heartbeat of this little jewel town that will let you return. Long walks,stargazing and settling with a good book with the back drop sounds of the donkeys and windpomp.Loved my stay and will return,beautiful place.
Marinda Bezuidenhout
South Africa


Nieu Bethesda
Place of dreams....Situated in soft foothills and nestled in a breathtaking valley, you will stumble upon a quaint village called Nieu Bethesda. It certainly is like finding a treasure where one least expected it!There are not really words to describe my experience of this hidden gem. Travelling along the rustic Owl Route, a feeling of soft magic enveloped me. In the rays of the afternoon sun, I saw the village in the distance. Time seemed to have stopped and a pleasant feeling of peace settled within. Entering the information center, I met the most helpful lady and received the keys to the...
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Lida Joubert
South Africa


Starlight, star bright
For anyone seeking the glitz and glamour of a five-star holiday destination, I can only sympathize with your limited horizons. I recently arrived in Nieu Bethesda for an extended sabbatical. I was traveling from Cape Town and with each passing kilometer the angst and stresses of urban living were gradually shed and replaced with the anticipation of settling into a new space and the excitement of starting work on my debut novel. Between the N9 and my destination I pass through Rubidge Kloof and at the apex as the road bends I look down to my left into a lush valley where the farm De Toren lies...
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Michael wentworth
South Africa


Diamond in the Karoo
'n Naweek is te kort om alles te doen in Nieu Bethesda. Die donkiekar rit en fossiel ekspedisie is 'n wenner!A weekend is too short to explore everything on Nieu Bethasda. The donkey-car ride and fossil expedition is a winner!
Moira Hattingh
South Africa


Enjoyable
We enjoyed everything the town has to offer. We mingled with the owners of various shops and restaurants to get the feel of Nieu Bethesda. It was a pleasure to see the families that put an effort into their gardens and neatness of the environment, we enjoyed that very much and hope that other owners will follow to tidy up the overall looks of the town. Our Karoo dinner with both cooked rice and wheat and almost no veggies was a disappointment but the French barman made up for it. The brewey definitely won the prize for excellent beer and cheese.
Marina Booysen
South Africa


A tiny treasure in South Africa
If one is anywhere near Graff Reinet, a stop at Nieu Bethesda is essential! This tiny village retains its historic charm without being 'touristy' and has lovely affordable accommodation. Quiet and peaceful, one can stroll through the village in an hour. This is a place to visit the Owl House, support a local artist, grill some Karoo lamb, enjoy locally made beer and cheese at the micro-brewery and simply relax while enjoying the spectacular views. A unique spot not to be missed!
Roberta Pazdro
South Africa


Niew Bethesda
We loved our first visit to this quaint little town. It was really hot but we enjoyed it all the same. The Owl house is fascinating and well worth the visit. Also enjoyed the local arts and crafts. The dinosaur museum is interesting. Loved the bread platter at the brewery but the beer was a little pricey.
Don Hugo
South Africa


The place that restores your soul!
My fiancé and I fell in love with Nieu Bethedsa in March 2014. So deeply did this little gem of a town affect us that in early January 2015, we were back to get married there. There is so much more there than just the Owl House. Lovely little restaurants, delightful accommodation and the sweetest little shops. Genuinely warm residents and pretty architecture make a walk or slow cycle down the street a fun way to spend some time before or after the heat of the day. The peace and quite of Nieu Bethedsa is the most perfect antidote to modern life and a night or two (or even three) is the ideal...
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Graham Spiro
South Africa


Cathy Robertson on Nieu Bethesda
It is a beautiful little village, serene and isolated. The people are all incredibly friendly and helpful.
Tom and Cath Robertson
South Africa


Peaceful hideaway
A super place to spend a couple days. We enjoyed the walking, craft shops, and of course the amazing Owl House.
Grace White
South Africa


Finding Oneself in a "dorpie"
A dorpie in the real sense of the word! The town takes one back to the early settler's days and has been kept so for the many years.. The people are friendly; we leave our room open; we walked through the streets in complete peace. There is still so much to see; so much to learn from the people that live there. A pity that the town is not advertised enough. I only heard about it after watching a programme on Owl House. But there is much more to New Bethesda than just Owl House. A really wonderful place to find yourself.
Govindraj Reddy
South Africa


Nieu Bethesda...charming and quirky
Loved this village, with a charming feel and very beautiful. The drive into the valley where it is situated is very scenic, and the place has an old, isolated (in a good way) village feel to it that makes one feel as if one has stepped back in time. It is peaceful and memorable and the main attraction, the "Owl house", is an unforgettable must see - so glad we visited this town!
Ashleigh Mcgugan
South Africa


Slowing down
Special place to add to special holiday memories. Great stopover for getting close to yourself and nature again. Slow living at its best!
Corne
South Africa


A stopover that becomes a holiday of its own
A little gem of a place that has so much to offer a one night stopover on your way to somewhere else just doesn't feel like enough. A friendly welcome wherever you go, delicious food and trinkets to buy and the most beautiful night skies I have ever seen! Can't wait to go back!
Claire Donnan
South Africa


Best sleep-over dorpie
Loved visiting here again. Such a special, beautiful spot and a great stopover on your way to your holiday destination.
Corli de Kock
South Africa