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About Aardvark's Burrow

The Aardvark's Burrow is a rustic unit attached to the Old Church Hall, one of the oldest buildings in Nieu Bethesda. Aardvark's Burrow can accommodate 4 guests with a double bed and two single beds.

Life in Nieu Bethesda potters along much as it did 130 years ago, when the village was founded. Stone water furrows still line the wide, dusty streets. Night skycaps are unpolluted by streetlights, and the air is still fresh and clean.

Famous for Helen Martins Owlhouse, Nieu-Bethesda has become a haven for artists and those looking for a quieter life. Browse for interesting reads at Dustcovers bookshop or spend an afternoon beer tasting at our villages own micro Brewary. Explore the many galleries and eateries on offer and get a taste of the country life.

Nieu Bethesda has a working network of furrows, with water supplied daily from a spring on the plateau above the village. Residents channel water into their gardens using smaller gated funnels. Visitors can hike along the furrows up to the spring or prearrange a hike up Kompasberg or through the Canyon on neighboring farms.

Pets are welcome by arrangement

Covid Safety Approved: The Owlhouse Backpackers staff have been trained in COVID-19 preparedness, including PPE, hand hygiene, and social distancing. The property is cleaned using recommended protocols and disinfectants

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 2 Reviews


  • Garden
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Bathroom
  • Central location
  • Double bed
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Shower
  • Covid Safety Approved
  • Eastern Cape
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
  • French
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Nieu Bethesda has no petrol, bank or credit card facilities. Please fill up your tank and your wallet before you arrive.
Seventh night's stay is free.
Long-term rates are negotiable.

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Reviews for Aardvark's Burrow

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Margie Milne, South Africa
19 October 2016

Aardvark's Burrow was unavailable and we were accommodated at Allaman's Huis. It was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our overnight stay.

Adriaan (Blackie) van Niekerk, South Africa
13 July 2016

We had Aardvark's Burrow booked, with availability confirmed, when soon after we received a direct email to say it's no longer available, and that our booking has been changed to the Water Tower.  This turned out to be two tiny rooms with the bedroom up a potentially unsafe ladder and an outside toilet.  When we declined its suitability, we were with friendliness changed to the smaller of the two Two Owls cottages which were very comfortable and clean.  Here we spent two magic nights in the most charming little village in the country, so much more in its charm, adventure and culinary delights...
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Aardvark's Burrow is 0.1km from the centre of Nieu Bethesda , the nearest airport 262.9km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling