The Bethlehem Museum is one of Cultural History and is housed in the old Nazareth Mission Church on Muller Street. The church was originally built in 1906 so is architecturally and aesthetically pleasing. The museum is only open at selected times.
You will find a number of historical items at the museum one of which is an old steam train which is housed on the grounds, I’m sure your children will be fascinated learning more about this method of travel that perhaps their great grandparents travelled by.
The museum has a strong focus of the town’s history and culture so you will notice a fair number of farming implements and period furniture that depict the lifestyle of former residents of the town. If you’re interested in war, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a very good collection of war memorabilia at the Bethlehem Museum.
Once you’ve topped up on your local knowledge and history of the area head out to one of the Bethlehem Restaurants to fill your belly as you’ve filled your brain.
|Bethlehem Golf Club||
Located in the charming town of Bethlehem, lies a quaint golf course, but one which also has a fierce reputation in this part of the country.
Bethlehem Country Club is one of the best kept and well-laid out golfing facilities in the eastern Free State.
|Groenkop Battle –site||A memorial monument has been erected on the top of Groenkop Situated between Bethlehem and Kestell (40 km from Bethlehem), remembering those who died during the battle on 25 December 1901. Major Williams with 550 men, most of them from the 11th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, a 15-pounder gun and a pom-pom were positioned at the top of the 61m high Groenkop.|
|Lionsrock – Big Cat Sanctuary.||
A lifelong home for big cats. As part of four paws’ work for wild animals in captivity, we focus on the situation of big cats in zoos, in private captivity and in the entertainment industry.
The area was was taken over by four paws in 2006. During the early days at the newly acquired big cat sanctuary, huge demands were placed on the local team. Massive structural changes had to be made to the area to bring up to four paws´ rigorous quality standards.
|Tepelkop Hiking Trail||
Tepelkop hiking trail is moderately difficult and is suitable for children aged twelve and older. This ten kilometre hike near Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State begins at a converted sandstone barn which is used as a base camp for hikers.
Warm up with a good walk on the first stretch before you begin your short but steep climb to the saddle between the Witteberg and Tepelkop mountains. Along the way you will spot an outstanding array of flora and fauna.
|Sporekrans Hiking Trail||A two day Sporekrans trail in the Bergdeel private game reserve. The reserve has a camp with beds, an ablution block and braai spots so you can stay over comfortably the night before the trail starts.|
|Holhoek Hiking Trail||
The sandstone koppies so prevalent in this area of the Witteberg are said to be all that remains of what was once a desert.
The beauty of the area is paramount – naked rocks of various interesting formations, trees of all shapes and sizes, mountain streams, kloofs, a series of caves (some endowed with San rock paintings), valleys, various ladders and bridges up and along the mountain face and a pleasingly designed route combine to make a particularly enjoyable hike.