Bethulie is centrally situated in South Africa which makes it the perfect to place to stop and catch one’s breath on those long cross country drives. So, whether you’re en route to Cape Town on the N1 from Durban, or travelling between Johannesburg and any of the Southern coastline cities via the N6, stop in to see what this little rustic town can offer you.

 

About an hour and half from the province capital of Bloemfontein (approx. 200km) and situated on the Northern banks of Lake Gariep, this little town’s ‘neither here nor there’ status is exactly what makes it so attractive.

 

The town was established by the London Missionary Society for the indigenous San people in 1829, but only named as Bethulia (Chosen by God) in 1833 when taken over by the French Missionary Society. Now a sheep and cattle farming community, the town that once rose to prominence as a key river crossing between the Cape Colony to the South and the Boer republics to the North, quietly but proudly remembers its historical past.

 

Experience the fresh air, enjoy the beautiful sunsets and appreciate the peace and quiet for a great break that will give you the opportunity to really slow down and rediscover yourself.

The Dutch Reformed Church in town - a stately structure, completed
in 1887 and now a national monument.

Bethulie’s ‘neither-here-nor-there status’ in the middle of South Africa is
exactly the appeal of this little town

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.