Roughly translated, "Bethulie" means "Chosen by God". The “Chosen by God” mission was established in 1829 in the Free State, from where Bethulie was established. The mission building that was originally built is the oldest building still standing in the Free State Province.
Bethulie was made famous for various reasons and attractions such as folklore, hunting, diamonds and ancient African tribes.Fossils dating back 250 million years were also found in Bethulie.
The first tourist attraction has to be the caves and artifacts from that era, followed by the unspoilt nature and wildlife, with scores of private and state game farms in the region.
Many artists find their inspiration in the village of Bethulie and the tranquility and unpolluted fresh air adds to this gem.
Villages that are not situated near to white sandy beaches and the glitz and glamour associated with coastal holiday destinations draw tourist all year round making guest houses and Bed &Breakfast’s a solid stable investment prospect.
The town of Bethulie is well established and there are a number of schools available for the residents, including Drogenfontein Primary School, Kransdraai Primary School and Pellissier Combined School.
Tourist attractions in Bethulie are the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, the Oviston Nature Reserve, Tussen Die Riviere Nature Reserve and the Pellissier House Museum.
Some facts about Bethulie and the structures around the town of noteworthy interest include The DH Steyn Bridge, located outside the town. It is the longest bridge, spanning the Orange River, in South Africa and possibly the Southern hemisphere measuring 1.152m with a height of 51.5m.
Bethulie is home to the third largest concentration camp erected by the British during the Anglo Boer War
Bethulie is the town where Sir Herman Charles Bosman found inspiration for the famous character Oom Schalk Lourens
Take a tour of the homes in Bethulie and the Free State region via the busy MyRoof website.