Hennie Steyn Bridge (or locally just known as the Bethulie Bridge) which is the longest combined road and rail bridge in the country at 1.2km. Additionally, stopping on the bridge affords visitors magnificent views of the little town, the glorious and famous Orange River, as well as unforgettable sunsets. Enjoy a donkey cart ride to view all Bethulie’s historical sites



From a historical perspective there are many sites to visit and appreciate in and around Bethulie, such as the British-lead concentration camp from the time of the Anglo-Boer War or the Louw Wepener memorial (he led the Free State commandos in the second of the Basotho wars). Both visits are sobering and heartrending, but important for remembering the road this country travelled to gaining its independence and becoming the rainbow nation it is today.



Other activities in the area include a visit to the Patrick Mynhardt room – built to celebrate the life of this great South African author. Or even the Pellissier House Museum, which is the oldest house in the Free State.

Finally, as with the rest of the South Africa, the area boasts wildlife for which South Africa is famous. A trip to the Tussen-die-Riviere Game Reserve will satisfy your need to see big game.

The little town of Bethulie therefore offers a range of activities to keep even the most discerning traveler captivated – come see for yourself!


The Old Watchmaker’s of Bethulie is exactly that – an company established in 1880 in the heart of this little Free State town. Time is very important in a country...

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