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A quiet, cosy lodge in an established Nieu Bethesda garden, the Owlhouse Backpackers reflects one of its previous lives as the Buddist meditation centre.

Sip sundowners in the garden, watching the sky light up with stars, or curl up next to the wood-burner, enjoying the carefully selected backpackers’ wines. Treat yourself to the home-made bread and cottage cheese while braaing some delicious Nieu Bethesda Karoo lamb. If you don’t fancy cooking, Ian and Katrin, your well-travelled hosts, can provide breakfast, a packed lunch and/or dinner from locally produced meat and veggies, or point you to the best eateries around town.

Environmentally conscious, the Owlhouse Backpackers is the one of the few establishments in Nieu Bethesda making use of solar geysers, compost toilets and grey water recycling. All rubbish is separated and as much as possible composted on site.

The Owlhouse Backpackers can accommodate 80 guests. Pets are welcome by arrangement.


Gas stove with oven
Cooking utensils
Crockery and cutlery
Tea and coffee facilities
Hot water bottles
Wood stove
Braai facilities
Swimming dam


Street address: Martin Street
Telephone: +27 49 841 1642 / +27 72 742 7113