The Cemetery








Walk around the cemetery and see graves ancient and contemporary. Adjacent to a park and the sports grounds lies the historic graveyard of this valley. With graves dating back hundreds of years, many of them unmarked save for their beautiful local stone; this is a peaceful and pretty place to spend quiet time.

There is at least one grave of a British soldier who died during a skirmish in the Anglo-Boer War (a pair of local residents, of British descent, place fresh flowers on the soldier’s grave on the anniversary of his death) and a number of touchingly small children’s graves. There is also the lavish grave of a man very much alive and well and delivering his vegetables in Nieu Bethesda every Saturday.

The cemetery is divided along the same socio-economic line that divides the families of the village: above the road that leads to the cemetery was known as the Onderdorp (downtown) where the poorer people lived; below that, in the Bodorp (uptown), lived the wealthier people – so it is in the graveyard. English speaking people were allocated space in the cemetery later.


Activities on Offer

See tombstones made from beautiful local rock slabs dating back to the 1700s.


No Entrance Fee

Payment Options

EFT or Cash Donations are welcome to help with the upkeep of the Cemetery

Pet Friendly

Contact us

Contact Details

Nelda Pienaar
073 028 2445


Physical Address

Grave Street
Nieu – Bethesda







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