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:

Neil Jennings – Local Game Ranger

Neil’s average day starts at 5am and waking the guests up with a cup of coffee for their morning game drive. About four hours later they return for breakfast and if the guests are up to it, Neil takes them for an hour’s walk in the bush.


Food for Thought

As you age, the body’s ability to process nutrients decreases but it’s never too late to push back cognitive decline. By adding certain foods to your diet and avoiding processed foods (white bread, maize meal, sugar and fried foods) you can help your brain to function optimally.


Petra Institute for Children’s Ministry

What do they do? Petra recognises that children, whether from poor or affluent societies, are often the most neglected population group in the world. At the same time, what children learn and experience in their early years influences their thinking and decision making for life.


Surviving Hot Summer Nights

Yes, there is always air conditioner but many people can’t sleep in a frigid, sealed room and under those conditions you can’t enjoy a summer indulgence – floral fragrances seeping into the bedroom through open windows, the feel of soft, warm air on your face and best of all, the orchestra of night sounds from insects, frogs and birds.



Blessed with ample grounds and a strong borehole, Lucy Ngobeni and her team of helpers are planting up the vegetable garden. In between the mango and pawpaw trees, neat rows of spinach, beetroot, onions, lettuce, cabbages, peppers, chillis and butternut promise an abundant return in the months to come.


Summer Eating

Fruit-wise, apples, Cape gooseberries, coconuts (also a good oil to cook with), dates, guavas, grapefruit, naartjies, oranges, paw paws, pineapples, pears, sweet melon, strawberries lemons (get your daily dose by adding a slice to your glass of water. Or your evening G n T!), nectarines, bananas and avocados. Great, we have plenty of avos around us, filled with healthy oil (we should be cooking with avo oil as well) and they are delicious in breakfast smoothies, on pizza and salads and prepared a heap of other ways as well. Lovely to see Lowveld fruit crops such as grapefruit, naartjies, oranges, paw paws, lemons, guavas and bananas are in season now.


Every Community Needs a Remakery

Sophie envisions changing social attitudes to repairing rather than dumping broken goods, and pushing manufacturers to build goods to last and to be repairable. This would include a spare parts sales business, as anyone who’s tried to replace a part on an appliance will appreciate being able to buy these products. My 20 month old mobile phone was referred to by a chuckling young Vodacom assistant as ‘obsolete’ when I wanted to buy a new cover for it recently. ‘No, we don’t keep stock of accessories for such old items.’ Grrrrr.