The Southern Free State town of Bethulie lies in the Xhariep Region, a short distance from the Free State and Eastern Cape Provincial border. The small historical town was originally established by British and french missionaries during the 1820's, and later served as a trading post for the large scale cattle and sheep farming industries which developed in the area. As a result of the construction of the Bethulie and Gariep Dams, the town's economy has grown to depend largely on its agricultural sector, with activities expanding to include other commercial farming ventures such as horse, game and other farming eg alpacas and exotic ducks.
Bethulie lies in the Free State's dry and arid Xhariep region and serves as the gateway between Cape Town and Lesotho. The peaceful southern Free State town has become a well known stop over point for travelers making their way along the N1 and N6 highways. Bethulie is also centrally situated along the R701, providing easy access to Bloemfontein and the northern regions of the province.
Bethulie is located in South Africa's summer rainfall region and typically experiences semi-desert Karoo-like climate with large differences between its daytime and night temperatures. Summers in the area are typically warm with temperatures ranging from the high teens to the upper thirties, while the winter months are much cooler with temperatures between 1 and 18 degrees Celsius.
Property in Bethulie
Property for sale in Bethulie includes a large number of Karoo style houses, cottages, farms, plots and vacant land. Homes in Bethulie are affordably priced from around R200 000 upwards, providing potential homeowners with interesting investment options and the added bonus of quiet country living.
Education and Medical
Educational institutions in the Bethulie area include seven primary, one secondary and one combined school. Tertiary institutions can be found just over an hour away in Bloemfontein.
Medical facilities in Bethulie include the Lephoi Primary Healthcare clinic however the nearest hospitals are in Smithfield, Aliwal North and Bloemfontein. The town also has a chemist, general practitioner, optometrist, physiotherapist and psychologist.
Bethulie offers visitors and resident a wide variety of recreational activities which include golfing at the Bethulie Golf Club, hunting on any of the area's numerous game farms, fishing, skiing and boating on the Gariep Dam and Vaal River, tennis, hiking and biking. For sight seers bethulie offers a number of interesting attractions which include the old Boer War concentration camp, and the DH Steyn Bridge which connects the Free State to the Cape. This bridge is a combined road and rail bridge, and is also the longest in the country , measuring 1,2km.