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Outsiders B&B, Nieu Bethesda
Outsiders offers great hospitality, calm and privacy in the heart of Nieu Bethesda.
Location: Nieu-Bethesda
Type: B&B
Price Range: Value R200-R350 pps
  • Tranquil
  • Relaxed
  • Casual
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Nieu Bethesda is one of those 'hidden gems'.  It's a village hidden from the stresses & hustle of modern day life.  There are no malls, no fast-food joints, no nightclubs, no movie houses. So get ready to kick back and relax ...

As you wind your way down into this charming valley, you'll enter the village via a double-lane,  dirt-road highway (mind the geese!) - look to your left and brake.  You'll see the bright orange, sunny sign welcoming you to Outsiders.  And chances are, you'll find at least someone to chat to on the welcoming stoep where you can watch the world pass on by.

Ian and Katrin are warm, inviting hosts who feel more like friends than hosts.  It's quite amazing how knowledgeable they are about the area and it's easy to see their deep and abiding affection for this area. 

The Outsiders B&B has double, en-suite rooms, each with its own private entrance.  Your privacy is totally respected - so you can be as sociable or as hermit-like as you prefer.  There's really no pressure.  It's like your own secret hideaway.

The decor is quirky and artistic with little individual touches that make your stay special.  Fine percale linen.  Cuddle-soft woollen duvets.  Luxurious mohair blankets.

Breakfast is an unhurried affair at the next-door restaurant - at a time that suits you.   Choose from farm fresh local honey, yoghurts, fruit and home-made jams and breads or go for the full-on Karoo breakfast - cooked in the largest frying pan ever - local boerewors, home-cured bacon, fresh farm eggs, onions and tomatoes.  Hmmmm ...

Outsiders can accommodate only 4 guests.  However, Ian and Katrin also own and manage other accommodation options in and around the village - so chat to them about what they'd recommend that would suit you best: from backpackers to guest farms to cottages, to self-contained houses and the unusual Water Tower with its star-gazing deck.

You can also visit their Nieu Bethesda Accommodation site for more info.

Pets are welcome by arrangement.

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Contact Details

Contact Person: Ian or Katrin
Email: nieubethesda@gmail.com
Website: http://www.nieu-bethesda.com/accommodation/outsiders-bandb.html
Cellphone: +27 (0)72 742-7113
Phone: +27 (0)49 841-1642
Fax: +27 (0)86 683-6785
Street: Martin Street, Nieu Bethesda
City: Nieu-Bethesda
State: Eastern Cape
Country: South Africa


Directions: The turnoff to Nieu-Bethesda is approximately 30kms from Graaff-Reinet going north on the N9 on the left, and approximately 55kms from Middelburg on the right. You will then have about 25 kms of good gravel road before the town. Check with the lodge if there have been very heavy rains.


Shower and toilet en-suite
Tea and coffee making facilities
Hot water bottles


Breakfasts are hearty country-style affairs - buffet or cooked.   These are included in B&B rates - self-catering guests may request breakfasts.  Lunches and dinners available on request.


  • Owl House
  • Astronomy
  • Fossil Centre
  • Bushman Paintings
  • Hiking


No. of rooms: 2
Pricing: Value R200-R350 pps
Children Policy:
Usual Guests:
  • Honeymooners
  • Families
  • Singles
  • Independent travellers
  • Birdwatchers

Best time to visit:
Anytime you're passing anywhere near Nieu-Bethesda is a good time to visit.  Or whenever your soul needs a top up. 

What to pack:
Bikes and walking boots are essential as are your cozzy in summer and serious woolies in winter. If you have a telescope take it at all costs, if not then chuck in your binox.  There's great bird-watching as well.

  • Tranquil
  • Relaxed
  • Casual
Why visit Outsiders B&B
Best Features: This is slow life at its best, with superb hosts: unfussy but warm and wise! 

Bear In Mind: You cannot get petrol or money or use credit cards... So as the local say 'fill up with tank and wallet before you arrive'.  It's Karoo country.  Summers can be cooking hot, and winters can be bitterly cold - with snow not an uncommon visitor.

Things to Do and See
Aside from just soaking up the crisp, clean air and gorgeous valley - there's the fascinating Owl House - created by Helen Martins and her faithful helper, Koos Malgas.  The Fossil Centre is also worth a visit - and makes those from the Jurassic period look like newborns!  These are old, old, old!  Ian & Katrin will gladly let you know all about what can be done in a daytrip from here - like the haunting Valley of Desolation (best viewed at dawn/dusk), the Mountain Zebra National Park, the Kompasberg (tallest free-standing peak in the Cape) - as well as other tours and activities like Pred-a-Tours - a local breeding farm for endangered cats like the African wild cat, cerval and caracal.

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