Welcome to We Are White River

This site is about working together towards making White River the best it can be,
through promoting excellence and community.

About Us

What is “We Are White River?”

We Are White River aims to build our sense of community
and support efforts to make ours a successful, resilient and
attractive town. We invite you to share your talents, positive
ideas and energy with us.


Click below to read about our dynamic team.

Join us and be part of a proud White River!

We Are:

Connecting people, organisations and ideas through:

  • our helpful website, newsletter and brochures
  • our frequent “conversations”
  • our active Facebook page
  • supporting community events
  • linking with local organisations and charities
  • showcasing White River people and places

We Are:

Working to:

  • build a sense of pride, responsibility and fun in our town
  • attract visitors to the town and region
  • grow businesses through marketing and advice
  • Put White River on the map
  • Encourage cooperation for a positive community

Information about White River

The town of White River, situated just north of Nelspruit is the perfect spot from which to explore the magical beauty of the Lowveld. It is the home of numerous craftsmen and artists, and is a convenient central point for the many attractions of the Mpumalanga escarpment, with its many waterfalls, historic sites and hiking trails. The serene town serves as a gateway to the Kruger National Park and the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon, the spectacular vista of God’s Window, the cascading Mac Mac and Berlin Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Sudwala Caves, Three Rondavels and the many other natural wonders of the kaleidoscope that is Mpumalanga.

To read more about White River’s History – click here to see our page.

The town itself offers a variety of shopping centres, exquisite restaurants, places to stay and things to do.

The farms in the region produce tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and timber.

White River, with three irrigation dams and a number of nearby forests, is a popular holiday destination and the town is renowned for its scenic beauty.

The climate is said to be one of the best in South Africa, neither excessively hot in summer when rainfall is at its highest, nor overly cold during the sunny winters. The farms tend to be relatively small but the agriculture is intensive with tropical and citrus fruits in abundance, and vegetables and cut flowers readily available.

What people say about White River:

Just loving your ‘We are White River (Riviera?)’.

Sharon Van Reenen White River
Sharon van Reenen

We moved here 7 years ago and have never looked back! We have made many friends and it has been a great place for our kids.White River is full of remarkable people with loads of talent. Excellent cycling here – I just need to get on the bike more often!

Hilton Barnett
Hilton Barnett
Founder of We Are White River

White River embodies tranquil country living surrounded by natural beauty and warm friendly down-to- earth people who enjoy a good party. One can enjoy miles and miles of magnificent walks or bicycle rides through magical forests and rolling hills. White River is perfectly located and only a 30 minute drive to the Kruger Park or to the scenic splendour of the Panorama route.

David & Jess Mortlock
Jess Mortlock

Recent Articles:

Bosch Ceramic Studio – Hanlie Bosch

Her mind is always thinking about ideas, especially birds and nature and Hanlie says she’s object-orientated. Her Sugar Birds are light, delicately drawn pastel creatures on bowls and platters which irresistibly beg the visitor to take them home, while the funky pipe-figurines hanging on the gallery wall are just plain fun.


Gumtreez Pub and Grill

Their personal service, together with the friendly atmosphere and good food is the draw card for this bustling, vibey restaurant. An expansive menu caters to most tastes and the Austin’s are savvy restaurateurs – by creating separate seating areas, they’ve managed to offer different eating experiences, thus broadening the Gumtreez offering.


Bosch Ceramic Studio – Anton Bosch

Anton and Hanlie met at Art School and returned to Esias’s studio in White River from where they began working and developing their individual styles until about 10 years ago they built their current studio and gallery adjacent to their home in St George Street.


Brown is the new Green

Let your dusty car be a badge of Responsible Citizenship Honour, and if you have to wash it, go one better than the minimum requirements and use a bucket. Isolate a small area of your garden to save, and use your grey water to keep it going. The rest will come back when the heavens finally open and after all, brown is the new green! Collect every possible drop of water and use it – toilet flush, washing dishes and hands, car wash etc.


Judith Mason

Judith moved to White River about 14 years ago but this wasn’t, however, her first Lowveld sojourn. Her father was appointed Magistrate in Bushbuckridge when Judith was two and the family lived there until she was about eight.


Di’s Window on White River

Despite the fact that Summer tried to elbow Spring out of the picture completely, it IS the season of renewal, regeneration and rebirth. The season of change. As I inhale the delicious perfume of the jasmine and yesterday-today-tomorrow that fills the overheated air, there is a sense of expectation.


Nikki Wilson Nutrition

Nikki qualified as a Nutritional Therapist with a BSc hons Nutritional Therapy from Middlesex University in England. The seed to study nutrition was planted when her toddler son was diagnosed with Autism and she realised that what he ate or didn’t eat profoundly impacted upon his skill acquisition and behaviour.


The new We Are White River App

The WR App is a useful source of information for residents in White River, as well as tourists to the town and the region. It gives you instant access to businesses via your phone book, email or Google Maps. It has a comprehensive directory of all shops, services, accommodation and restaurants in town.


Dynamic Vision

Rae Kirton: “Being part of the largest group of independent optometrists in South Africa, Dynamic Vision White River offers the best in quality eye-care, providing superior eyewear solutions for all requirements and tastes.”