White River has just sufficient altitude to escape the nasty old anopheles mosquitoes that plague the not-too-distant Kruger National Park and the rest of the Lowveld, so it’s quite a good place to spend the mosquito-haunted nights if you’re spending the days in Kruger.

It’s smack in the middle of fruit and nut growing country so the many lovely guest houses have lots of lovely local ingredients to play with. An interesting use of one of the more ubiquitous local crops is an orange winery, where you can taste and buy a range of different wines and liqueurs made from delicious Valencia oranges. You can also visit an orchid farm, a cheese farm and some macadamia nut farms. White River has become a bit of an artists’ retreat so there are loads of lovely studios within close driving distance where you can admire and purchase anything from paintings and sculptures to weaving and pottery. The White River Country Club, with its championship golf course, is the closest option to the town but there are a few others an easy drive away.

Motoring fundis may enjoy the White River Motor Museum in the Casterbridge Centre, which also houses a Barnyard Theatre. Barnyard Theatres are great; rock up in a group or just a couple, bring a picnic supper and park off at a comfy table while you watch some innovative theatre. Wine and other drinks are usually on offer but you can also bring your own.
White River is close enough to the towns of Sabie, Graskop, Hazyview and Nelspruit to use it as a base for most of the Mpumalanga activities.

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White River is a beautiful little town with great places to visit and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The places surrounding White River is also great and not that far to travel. I would recommend it as a good place to stay over before crossing over to Mosambique or just looking for a nice place to lay your head. Great pubs and restaurants to visit all around.
Cynthia Vorster
South Africa


Tranquil and welcoming
I found the service at restaurants, our guesthouse and even in the shops extremely helpful and welcoming - nothing was an effort. I would recommend a stop at Casterbridge Centre, which was a great surprise. The coffee/gift shop at the Garden Pavillion (near Uplands College) is quaint and the owners are wonderful. White River has all the essentials, but with a big town like Nelspruit just 20 minutes away, you can spend a few days travelling in the area without any inconvenience.
Jean van Wyk
South Africa


A quaint town
My boyfriend and I do a trip every December to areas around South Africa. With Safarinow at my fingertips we decided to visit Mpumalanga with our first stop being the quiet little town of White River. Having never been there, driving through the sprawling city o Nelspruit, there was nothing better than driving into the small region of White River with it's clean streets and friendly folk. We stayed at a lovely place just outside town called Lyttle Irving. After crunching our way across the Macadamia nut shells, we were shown to our room, guided by the owner and her three friendly dogs. The...
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Lauren Hoyer
South Africa


White River: A Small Town with a Cosmopolitan Soul
My husband and I moved to White River three years ago to set up umSisi House and umSisi Cottage in the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy in the Peebles Valley. Although we’d been in the Lowveld area for ten years we had relied on Nelspruit (the provincial capital) as our closest town and didn’t know White River well at all. It was always just a sleepy little town, slightly out of our way, where we went to buy nuts (cashews, macadamias, almonds, peanuts and a whole array of other goodies) for our guests or transited on our way through to the Kruger National Park. So are we pleased we made the...
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Amanda Bond Gunning
South Africa


My Small Town White River
Nestled in the scenic, hilly Lowveld and a quick hour’s drive from the Kruger National Park, the little town of White River seems to charm its way into the itineraries of more than just a few unsuspecting tourists.Founded around the 1980’s, the town originally sprung up as a result of citrus farming that took place in the Crocodile River Valley after the Anglo-Boer War. Today, it is a launch pad for tourists to Mozambique, the Kruger National Park and the numerous other game parks in the surrounding bushveld, as well as a trendy retreat for upmarket urbanites seeking a taste of ‘country life’....
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ETTIENNE VENTER
South Africa


Very nice town
White River is a very nice, small country town with nice restaurants to go to, and lovely people. If you expect shops such as Boardmans, then you should not be travelling to White River and rather stay in Johannesburg. Please keep White River the way it is.
Victoria De Abreu
South Africa


Nice little town
White River itself is not that pretty but surrounding it there are a number of beautiful places, great shops and fantastic restaurants. I would recommend staying in the area.
Chris Browne
England


White River is bliss
We love White River with its great climate, vegetation and warm, friendly people. Lots to do, buy and see. It is very central to many tourist attractions.
Mia Dijkstra
South Africa


Liked it
Good. Liked White River.
Mariane Origa
South Africa


Hugo
Panorama Route is a must seen, especially the Bourkes's Luck Portholes
HUGO CHANG
South Africa


Beautiful Land
The land is breathtakingly beautiful.
Ntombi Khumalo
South Africa


Nice
Small quiet town
Theo
South Africa


What I thought of White River
Love the whole experience. Shops and restaurants were expensive - catering for tourists! Casterbridge centre world class!
Lesley Weigelt
South Africa


Beautiful White River
Beautiful town - clean and friendly.
Petro Hattingh
South Africa


A place to be
It's a beautiful place to be and i'm definitely going back there. Everyone I was with enjoyed themselves.
Bongani Mhangwane
South Africa


Truly relaxing
The town has a true relaxing and laid-back atmosphere to it. Something that serves as a tonic for busy city dwellers who needs to unwind. It is close to Mbombela and the Kruger National Park and is the ideal centre to stay in.
Gillroy Tait
South Africa


White River had it all
It catered for all our needs.
Maria Compion
South Africa