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About Owlhouse Backpackers

Owlhouse Backpackers is a quiet, homely lodge set in an established garden. Accommodation includes private en-suite rooms, dormitories, self-catering houses, and the charming double-storey Water Tower. We also offer a barbecue area, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen and a restaurant serving all meals.

Your well-travelled hosts will be only too happy to provide useful information on what to do locally, regionally and abroad.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
  • French

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  • Inside dorm Inside dorm Sleeps 1 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 6 Bunk bed in the 6 bedded inside dormitory at the Owlhouse Backpackers, sharing the communal kitchen, common area and... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Bunk beds
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      • backpackers camping backpackers camping Sleeps 1 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 5 Camping in the garden of the Owlhouse Backpackers, sharing the communal kitchen, common areas and ablutions. Features:  Private bathroom, Single beds
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          • Outside Dorm Sleeps 1 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 4 Bunk bed in the 4 bedded outside dormitory at the Owlhouse Backpackers, sharing the communal kitchen, common area and... see more Features:  Bunk beds
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              • Twin Room Twin Room Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Twin room in the Owlhouse Backpackers, sharing the communal kitchen, common area and ablutions. Features:  Twin beds, Shared bathroom
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                  Reviews for Owlhouse Backpackers

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                  Marelia Joubert
                  18 October 2018

                  Extensive information about the area is readily available. A visit to the owl house and fossil sites is a must and an aware maker of our surroundings. And it is easily accessible, even for older people. My 82 year old mom walked around the area with relative ease. The gravel road on the one side and tar road on the other side towards Nieuw Bethesda is well kept and easily accessible with any vehicles. The beautiful surroundings make up for little discomforts you might experience. A visit to the local small industries is a must as each of them offers something unique.

                  Linda Longley
                  02 September 2017

                  I loved everything about my stay at this backpackers and this amazing little town. The Karoo Lamb provided wonderful dinners, and if you needed anything, a quick walk down to chat to Katrin was all you needed to do. Ended my stay with a gig by the Akkedis band in their Ramstal pub. Amazing experience. I will be back!

                  Althea Jesersky, South Africa
                  23 December 2016

                  Basic accommodation. Clean rooms and bathroom facilities. Friendly staff.

                  Derek Percival, South Africa
                  20 July 2015

                  We stayed in the Owlhouse Backpackers overnight and enjoyed our stay in Nieu-Bethesda. It was everything you would expect from a backpackers, basic but comfortable. Perfect for a group of students or friends looking for affordable accommodation, but if you require a bit more comfort then "backpacking" isn't for you. It got a little cold (being Winter), but there were plenty of extra blankets in the room. Just make sure to bring your own towels. Go for the lamb shank at the Karoo Lamb restaurant nearby!
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                  Mike Day, South Africa
                  02 December 2014

                  Great place. One dorm and a twin with good facilities and reasonably priced. We had a great stay in this lovely little village. Quiet, but that's part of the charm. The guidance provided by the owners at the Karoo Lamb restaurant is very helpful to and many activities are advertised. Go visit.

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                  Owlhouse Backpackers is 0.2km from the centre of Nieu Bethesda , the nearest airport 262.9km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling