Owlhouse Backpackers

The Owl House Backpackers offers you a clean, bright, welcoming home from home in the heart of Nieu Bethesda. It is on the main street, a five-minute walk from the Owl House.

Sip sundowners in the garden and watch the sky fill with stars. Curl up next to the wood-burner and enjoy the carefully selected backpackers’ wines. Treat yourself to the home-made bread and cottage cheese, or braai some delicious Karoo lamb with fresh herbs picked from the permaculture garden. Take a dip with the goldfish in the dam; hire bikes and explore the Karoo. Book walks to Bushman paintings and fossil sites , and book tours to the Mountain Zebra Park and the Valley of Desolation. And, if you decide to stay for a while, catch up with the outside world every now and then on the internet…

Rooms & rates

Private rooms with en-suite bathroom

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Double en-suite, B&B: R720/night
Single en-suite, B&B: R440/night
Double en-suite, self-catering: R580/night
Single en-suite, self-catering: R370/night

Private rooms with shared bathroom

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Twin, sharing bathroom: R400/night, self-catering
Single, sharing bathroom: R290/night, self-catering

Dormitory bed

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R155pp/night, self-catering


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R90pp/night, self-catering


Owlhouse Backpackers Nieu Bethesda accommodationAandster
An old Karoo house, newly renovated with 3 bedrooms that sleeps up to 10, one bathroom, with shower, bath and toilet and a large open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area.

Sleeps 10: R3750pp/night sharing
Minimum R800/night, maximum R1800/night

 Owlhouse Backpackers Nieu Bethesda accommodationThe Water Tower
A two story self-catering building with a queen-sized bed up narrow stairs, with access to the deck for sunbathing and stargazing. Below is a kitchenette with shower and composting toilet attached.

Double en-suite: R580/night, self-catering
Single en-suite: R370/night, self-catering

Owlhouse Backpackers Nieu Bethesda accommodationAlleman se Huisie
A self-contained garden cottage, with twin beds, kitchenette and shower and toilet en-suite. Sleeps two. Beds have woollen duvets, mohair blanket and pure cotton bedding. Towels provided.

Double en-suite: R580/night, self-catering
Single en-suite: R370/night, self-catering

Children and discounts

Children under 12 pay 50%.
We offer a discount for groups larger than 10 paying in advance.


If you don’t fancy cooking, Ian and Katrin, the well-travelled owners, provide breakfast, light meals, a packed lunch and dinner of home-made food and home-grown veggies at the Karoo Lamb Restaurant.

Getting to and from Owlhouse Backpackers

Ian and Katrin will pick you up or drop you off in Graaff-Reinet for R250, and you can buy your bus tickets from them.