Welcome to We Are White River

This website aims to promote our town and the region by providing helpful information & advice.
We invite you to explore and learn about the interesting people, places, activities and history.
The site is a guide for both locals & tourists to the region.
Please contact us for opportunities to advertise on the site & on our phone App.

White River, Mpumalanga

The serene town of White River, situated in the Mpumalanga province just north of Nelspruit, is the perfect spot from which to explore the magical beauty of the Lowveld. This includes the world famous Kruger National Park, many other game reserves and also the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon; God’s Window and numerous waterfalls on the escarpment.
White River is the home of numerous craftsmen and artists, exquisite restaurants and places to stay . There is plenty to do and the area is central to some of the best cycling and hiking trails.
White River is easily accessible via a good road network (either self drive or tour bus) and a well-connected airport just 15 minutes away. The cooler climate & higher altitude make it a good option for a base for a safari (game reserves are 25minutes away). Add to this the good schools and facilities and you get a great place to live.

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

What is “We Are White River?”

We Are White River aims to build a strong sense of community and pride and we support efforts to make ours a successful, resilient and attractive town. Economic, social and environmental resilience are key themes.

Join us and be a part of a proud White River!

We are connecting people, organisations and ideas through:

  • our helpful website, newsletter and brochures
  • our “WR Conversations”
  • our active Facebook page, directory & Smartphone App

We are putting White River on the map and we invite you to share your talents, positive ideas and energy with us.

Click below to read more about We Are White River’s Membership.

Recent Articles:

Thought Leader

From White River, I was admitted at the University of Cape Town to pursue a degree in Law and Literature. I was again, awarded a bursary by Bowman Gilfillan, one of the top five law firms in the country. I persevered in my transition from a small town to a bigger city with excitement to finally take responsibility for my academic career.


Premier Hotel The Winkler

Eighty seven tastefully decorated rooms, extensive grounds framed by magnificent trees and a terrace with a breathtaking view, Premier Hotel The Winkler provides a peaceful base from which to explore White River and its beautiful surroundings.


Witrivier Rugbyklub / White River Rugby Club

The most exciting news of all is the cheerful, family orientated nature of the Club’s home games. Folk arrive on Saturday afternoons (keep an eye on We Are White River’s Events Calendar to find out when these are) with their braais and coolerboxes and park their bakkies around the field. As the first half gets underway, the tummy-rumbling aroma of sizzling boerie wafts over the stadium. Kids range free, ouma and oupa enjoy the outing and the sideline experts shout themselves hoarse. When the final whistle blows, the kids flood the field to play a mini game of their own and spectators repair to the Clubhouse to continue the party.


Liz Mackintosh – My Mpumalanga

What is their motivation, I ask? Apart from an innate compassion for their fellow man, they are constantly moved by the humility of the people they meet here and their resilience even under challenging circumstances.


Heidi Homes

Having been an estate agent in White River since 1986, Heidi began Heidi Homes in October 1990, operating out of her home. For the first 10 years she worked alone, handling advertising, marketing, sales follow-up and administration and managing the rental portfolio.


Care Buddies

Care Buddies is a non-profit organisation committed to giving loving care and support to the community’s aged residents.


Uplands Festival

For three days, people gather to watch sport ranging from rugby, hockey and netball to horse riding. Market stalls selling a vast array of products to eat, drink, wear, read, look at, smear onto our bodies do a bustling trade. A secure playground for the little ones means that parents can enjoy the Festival for a bit, knowing Junior is having a ball on the slide and jumping castle, under watchful eyes.



Freerange Education Learning Centre was opened in January 2016, founded by Sanna Atherton. She desired a learning environment, where her children could range free and do what children do naturally – explore their world, be adventurous, learn as they go along, make a mess and play. Sanna has gathered a like-minded team around her and the learning centre is going great guns, fuelled by passion, enthusiasm and fun.


Roy’s Twitter

We introduce White River jeweler and artist Roy Sarkin, a keen and knowledgeable birdwatcher. He’s kindly agreed to share his regular birding blogs with us.