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:

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

Everything is really close in White River and it wasn’t long after I arrived that I caught myself thinking twice about driving ‘all the way out’ to Casterbridge!! It is only 10 minutes away – if that! I know….‪#‎facepalm‬

rosemary hall
Rose Hall
Digital Marketing & Social Media Solutions

Recent Articles:

Pam Golding

Key business for Pam Golding White River is residential sales but due to White River’s country location, their portfolio includes a component of smallholding and farming properties. The local office is part of the well-known Pam Golding Group, so enjoys the muscle and support of a top industry role player.


March 21 Human Rights Day – Hilton Barnett

Public holiday time – and for some it’s a long weekend! Often we don’t think about why and rather just enjoy the break. The 21st March is Human Rights day. On this day we remember an important, yet horrific day in our history. Important as it highlighted the impact of racist Pass Laws that restricted the freedom of movement. Horrific because of the many dead and wounded.


Simply Slowveld

Partner and Designer Sue San Giorgio has filled the space with elegant tableware and a beautiful array of ladies linen clothing. The popular ranges of men’s and ladies tee-shirts have been supplemented by the arrival of the Jack, Sophie and Winston collection, depicting the casual, outdoor and fun Slowveld lifestyle. Bags, notebooks and mugs make wonderful and useful gifts to take home and if you live locally and absolutely can’t decide which gem to choose, Simply Slowveld have gift vouchers too.


Uplands Awarded a Diamond Eco School’s Flag

Eco-Schools is a school based environmental management, certification and sustainable development education programme implemented in more than 52 countries worldwide. There are over 1100 schools in South Africa currently registered in the programme.



Needless to say, the friendly Wimpy staff are always ready to look after customers both regular and new. Whether this is your local or you are just passing through White River, at Wimpy you can be assured of a warm welcome, great service and good food in a modern, comfortable setting. And to be greeted with huge Wimpy smiles!



Life consists of a series of experiences and yet so often it seems to be more about seeing the experiences through the phone or tablet so we can immediately post on social media. So the question is, are we really experiencing the experience in that moment, or are we simply wanting to document it to show the world where we are, who we are with and what an amazing time we are having?


White River SPCA

White River SPCA recently broke away from the Lowveld SPCA and now operates as an individual entity. They do not receive funding from local government, nor from other animal rights organizations and are not subsidized by the National Council of SPCA’s.


67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

The White River group has been turning out monthly for 18 months, whatever the weather, to knit and crochet blankets for the under privileged. Sabie Valley Coffee donates space, coffee and some of Kim’s scrumptious eats for the monthly meetings.