|Where is Bethulie?
Bethulie is very centrally located within South Africa, on the southern Free State border, approximately 185km south of Bloemfontein, on route to Colesberg in the Western Cape and also from the Eastern Cape between the main national routes, the N1 and N6.
It can be accessed on the R701 from south via the Gariep Dam (Hendrik Verwoerd Dam) (54Km), from the North via Smithfield (65Km) and Aliwal North (98Km) or from the west from Springfontein (35Km) off the N1
Directions to Bethulie:
Along the N1 from Gauteng via Bloemfontein to Cape Town:
You take the N1 towards Colesberg, turn in at the R715 (near Springfontein) cross over the tarred R701 (Gariep Dam - Smithfield road).
Along the N6 from Bloemfontein to East London:
You take the N6 towards East London, turn onto R701 to Bethulie (66kms) just past Smithfield .
Along the N1 from Cape Town to Gauteng :
Take the N1 towards Bloemfontein, 48 km from Colesburg, after crossing the Orange (Gariep) River, turn off towards Gariep and then turn left onto the R701 (1.5 kms) to Bethulie (54kms).
Situated centrally in Southern Africa, Bethulie is the ideal place for a weekend break away or stopover en-route via the N1 or N6. It is situated close to the impressive Gariep (Xhariep) Dam which supplies numerous water sport opportunities.
Formerly a Mission Station, this sleepy town has great historical significance and many outdoor attractions that will appeal to any visitor. During the Anglo-Boer War, (1899 to 1902) the largest concentration camp erected by the British was situated in Bethulie.
San Rock art in the district, less than 20km from Bethulie, gives evidence of the early San in the area, while the movements of the Voortrekkers, and the strife of numerous wars can be seen all over area.
Tussen die riviere Game drive and dinner served in the reserve
River rafting and horse riding along the Orange river
Tour of the Gariep Dam Wall
Star gazing in the open Karoo vlaktes
Historical tour through Bethulie ending at Hennie Steyn Bridge with sundowners overlooking the spectacular sunset over the river.
Karoo lamb spitbraai, traditional South African potjiekos and country style breakfast.
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