Famed for its iconic Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda nestles in a green valley at the foot of the Sneeuberg Mountains. The tranquil little town has no streetlights or tarred roads. There’s a reason: this Karoo town is determined to cling onto its rural charm. Yet there’s still plenty to distract the tourist. After you’ve creaked around Helen Martins’ eccentric sanctuary, make sure you make a pitstop at The Brewery & Two Goats Deli for charcuterie (that’s ‘fancy’ for meat and cheese board). Owner and microbrewer André Cilliers sells handcrafted goat’s milk cheeses, home-brewed beer, venison salami and freshly baked plaasbrood under the shade of enormous pepper and pear trees. Flop into a hammock between two Weeping Willows while a couple of glossy Peacocks delicately pick their way around you.
Make sure you make a pitstop at The Brewery & Two Goats Deli for charcuterie (that’s ‘fancy’ for meat and cheese board).