Bethlehem Cross

Travel to Bethlehem – Small Wheat Producing Town

Bethlehem is situated in a fertile valley of the Maluti Mountains on the Jordaan River, and is the largest commercial, industrial and educational centre in the eastern Free State and the northern terminus of the “mountain route.”

Bethlehem was founded by the Voortrekkers during the 1840’s and is the location of a number of historical sandstone buildings, many of which are now provincial heritage sites.

Bethlehem means the house of bread as the area is rich in wheat production.

Travellers to Bethlehem can visit the Pretoriuskloof Nature Reserve, Baartman House, the Museum of Cultural History, the Nazareth Mission Church and the nearby Golden Gate Park and the Drakensberg.

Simply spend time exploring the town or coincide your visit with a cultural event such as the Bethlehem Show where you’ll see stalls, fun rides and live entertainment.

Relax by simpling soaking up the atmosphere and meeting the locals, or perhaps visit local cafes and restaurants to sample some local delicacies.

The best way to get around is by hire car. You can hire a car at most major towns and cities as well as at the airports.

  • Attend lively cultural events.
  • Visit museums and churches.
  • Get closer to nature at the parks and nature reserves.


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