Is Nieu Bethesda South Africa’s Hot New Town

It’s always irritating when you read of the latest ‘it’ town, especially when it’s a place like Nieu Bethesda that’s been around for so long. But something certainly seems to be afoot in this unforgettable Karoo town in the hills near Graaff Reinet.

Long known for the Owl House, Helen Martin’s unique artistic oasis she created around her home, of owls and camels and mermaids and maidens and pyramids made from concrete, tiles, wire and bottles, the museum was recently given a facelift, with the addition of a fantastic shop. Even if you’ve been there before, it is worth revisiting. One of South Africa’s very special places.