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 prides, 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:

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

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

Recent Articles:

Casterbridge Cinema

“Art Nouveau Wednesdays” are where they have fun and kick over the traces. Sue and Tracey select two movies each month which they screen on Wednesdays for the discerning White River cinema goer looking for something Art House rather than mainstream. Art Nouveau Wednesdays enable Casterbridge Cinema to offer two extra movies a month.


Life’s too Short to be Wasted!

The Slowveld is quite impressive, even to me, in its dedication to enjoying a glass of the best with great friends to accompany sunset, a great view, a sports game (even, or especially, school sports), any excuse really. We are spoilt by the range of delicious drinks at good prices, including some excellent local brews.


Zannas Flavour Café

Situated in the Bagdad Centre just off the R40, this coffee shop cum deli cum bakery cum almost everything foodie place hums along to Sue and Tracey’s motto about their offering – it’s fresh, consistent, local and driven by passion.



There are six well-appointed and private cottages each with underfloor heating, a large shower and bath, DStv as well as a kitchenette with a microwave. Each cottage has a private outside area and the owners are delighted when guests make use of the pool.


Willingness is key

Standing in the booth, alone, I pondered on what informed my political identity. Was it as simple as supporting the soccer team my father had introduced me to back in my childhood – and to this day I still wear the same colours?


Seasons in Africa

Seasons in Africa has a portfolio of fabulous properties and activities, stretching throughout Southern Africa – ranging from luxury lodges, hotels and restaurants to exciting adventures, proudly offered by a dedicated team. Each of the properties boasts warm, friendly and personalised service based on their passion for Africa and the hospitality industry.


Conscious Community

We Are White River aims to focus on the positive. Not because our team is naïve, but because we believe that is how one builds up rather than breaks down community; and because there are enough people fighting the negative fight.


Cradle of Life by Eksteen Jacobsz

The winding road from Nelspruit to Badplaas is scenic and dramatic. The road takes you first through the Barberton Nature Reserve Pass and then to the Nelshoogte pass, topping out at nearly 5000 feet above sea level. Soon afterwards you descend into the Komati River basin and just after passing the Vygeboom Dam you arrive at Cradle of Life.