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:

Di’s Window on White River – By Di Atherton

While I was away for the first two weeks of August, large parts of White River had a sustained power outage of some 50 hours, due to a failed transformer that had to be completely replaced. Relocating one from another area, recommissioning etc was a lengthy process. Social media exploded with complaints and abuse, as a few stalwarts tried to keep people informed and updated. Venom was heaped on them, even though some of these individuals didn’t work for the Municipality, had no control over what was happening on the ground and were just trying to assist the public at large.

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Di’s Window on White River – Just Start

It is only now, as I write this blog that I realize just how powerful my advice to McClintock was, not only for him, but for me. I have watched the unfolding of his journey with delight and awe, because when we “just start” – as the founders of We Are White River did back in 2014 – magic happens.

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These Hills Are Made for Cycling – MTO Trails White River

One of the first things a cyclist will notice is that White River is definitely not flat! The rolling hills of the area are covered in trees planted in deep red soil with the occasional granite dome protruding from the earth. The views from the hilltops are a spectacular green carpet of trees with dams on the valley floors.

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Sabie Valley Coffee – We Are White River

Sabie Valley Coffee started more than 30 years ago and is very much the story of the Buckland family. Tim Buckland planted his first coffee trees (10 hectares) in 1980 in Hazyview on the majestic Sabie valley slopes. Kim joined him later as they started their married life and their passion and dedication to the business grew as did their family. They soon realised that selling green coffee was not going to be enough to build a sustainable business. Tim then built a coffee roaster from scratch that is used to this day! They perfected their own roasting technique and so the Sabie Valley Coffee brand was born.

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Yes, you can make a difference – By Hilton Barnett

In a recent speech, actor Jeff Bridges referenced ocean-going tankers. These require enormous rudders to turn, and it took too much energy to turn the rudder to turn the ship. So engineers came up with a brilliant idea. Let’s put a little rudder on the big rudder. The little rudder will turn the big rudder, the big rudder will turn the ship. The little rudder is called a trim tab.

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10 things I’ve learned about the creative process and navigating life – By Larissa Bester

Just like in the Brené Brown quote above I’ve sometimes been afraid of the discomfort of vulnerability. Of not being in control, of not being perfect. But creativity, any creativity, not just physically creating something out of nothing, but creativity in decisions and in navigating life, can only exist if we realise that perfection doesn’t exist, and that failure is ok. We must step out into the “chaos” to be brave for only then can magic and growth happen. Anything less, will lead to stagnation

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