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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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Reviews for Owlhouse Backpackers

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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.

Janet Viljoen, South Africa
28 September 2014

The Water Tower accommodation is not for the faint hearted: it features an Eco-loo and a precarious step ladder to the bedroom.... But if you are able-bodied this is a real adventure! We loved it and found the accommodation comfortable, clean and warm, with a wonderful first storey deck for sundowners. Live on the edge... Exit those comfort zones and above all: if you want five star luxury, stay in the city.

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Owlhouse Backpackers Map

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

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