We have selected a wide-ranging sample of things to do in White River and further afield. Whether you are a visitor or a ‘local’ looking for things to do, we are sure you’ll find this guide handy.
Things to do in White River:
A must-do stop is Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, which has something for everyone in the family:
- Stroll among the vintage car collection to see how the pioneers of White River got out and about.
- Dip into Shautany’s chocolate fountain and find yummy treats at The Nut Tree.
- The wide selection of décor & furniture stores will satisfy your décor visions.
- Sakkie’s Farmyard has a variety of activities to delight the kids.
- Drop in for a wine tasting with a difference at Rottcher Wineries their Limoncello is fantastic – also try out their new Slowveld Gin!
- Art lovers will be thrilled by the White River Gallery’s varied exhibitions.
- Source top-notch irresistible local community craft items for your home, kids and friends from Africa Joy.
- Enjoy a carefully selected movie and glass of wine at the cozy Casterbridge Cinema where your food order can be delivered to your seat.
- Mum will have a lovely time in all the boutiques and Brief Affair, whilst dad buys her a gift made by local jeweller Roy Sarkin.
- Pop into the Simply Slowveld shop for Slowveld inspired, superb quality clothing, homeware and stationery. Designed and made in the Lowveld.
Go Shopping in town
- Bibliophiles have the pleasure of two second hand bookshops – one on the main road in town (White River Book Dealer) and the other at Casterbridge (The Book Shop).
- Lovers of things from yesteryear will enjoy examining all the goodies in Kraaines on Chief Mgiyeni Khumalo Drive.
- While you’re there also take a look at the old magnificent Fig tree across the road which is also a national monument.
- Look out for the other enormous Fig tree which sprawls across Danie Joubert Street.
- The African Hut on R40 towards Nelspruit is your stop for a wide selection of authentic South African curios.
- When last were you able to buy roses with a true rose scent? We are proud to offer you good old fashioned garden-grown roses at Gerda’s Padstal adjacent to the African Hut.
- Stop to wander the shady gardens of St George’s Anglican Church, admiring the charming old stone chapel built in 1929.
- How about a touch of exercise with juicy berries as a reward? Visit the strawberry farm on the Plaston Road to pick your own strawberries and other fruits as they come into season. (By appointment only July – December 082 623 5359).
- You won’t be able to resist going large on dried fruit and nuts for your picnic when you see the tasty range at the Ambassador Foods factory shop or the Happy Hawker in town.
- Use our WR App directory to plan a biltong tasting tour to find your personal favourite. Visit each of our many butcheries and sample their biltong varieties. Don’t miss Mario’s at Parkville!
- Monkeys and duiker are frequently seen in our gardens and the veld.
- At night drive carefully so you spot rather than run over a White-tailed Mongoose or Genet.
- Keep your eyes peeled for the incrediblered and blue flash of Purple-crested Turacos (Loeries) swooping across your path during the day.
- For more metal art see the African inspired jewellery, tableware and artifacts of Creative Copper at their showroom in Rocky Drift. (013 758 1194)
- Ever wondered how a bronze sculpture is created? The Bronze Art Africa Foundry & Art Gallery are happy to arrange a tour of their foundry. (072 215 5536)
- Perhaps you need a homeopath, kinesiologist or Reiki specialist. Refer to our website and also visit www.circleoflight.co.za to find out more.You are in the hometown of the Bosch family – renowned master potters and artists. Esra Bosch, her brother Anton & his wife Hanlie each have showrooms on the outskirts of town. For directions: www.esrabosch.co.za & www.boschstudio.co.za.
- Longing for a physical workout? Anyone for tennis, squash or golf and more? White River Country Club is your spot. (013 751 3781)
- A fixture in your diary has to be the second Saturday of each month. Get to the Bagdad Farmer’s market early to snap up utterly delectable home-made and locally produced goodies, then linger a while to enjoy the great vibe.
- After your busy day out relax aboard a picturesque sunset cruise on Da Gama dam. (Hulala Lakeside Lodge – 013 764 1893)
- Wondering how to thank your hosts for their hospitality? Celebrate Flower Studio is your answer. (072 582 9804).
- Enjoy our colour calendar as you drive around various suburbs. If the African Flame Trees (Spathodea campanulata) are flowering, autumn is here, while the Coral Tree varieties (Erythrina spp.) show off in winter. Jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) display their glory in October as spring sets in and the Flamboyants (Delonix regia) in summer.
- Is local history, photography, rambling or birding your thing? These and other clubs and interest groups regularly host walkabouts, talks and outings and welcome visitors. Information & links for these can be found on our Directory and Calendar at wearewhiteriver.com.
- Water babies are spoilt for choice with nearby Longmere, Klipkoppie & Witklip dams for boating, canoeing and fishing. (Lowveld Angling & Boating Association 013 745 7186)
- Da Gama Dam is the sailors’ playground. (Anthony Theron 082 856 4430 for Forest Sailing Club).
- Don your running shoes each Saturday to join the free White River Parkrun at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort.
- A timed fun run of 5km for participants of all levels, it begins at 8am.
- Feeling the urge to volunteer? White River has a wide assortment of community organisations ranging from education and music academies to welfare societies, including a very active Rotary Club. Find out more at wearewhiteriver.com.
- Take a break and pamper yourself at Freyja Spa at Casterbridge (013 751 1020) or Wellness at Oliver’s Lodge (013 750 0479).
- Many local and international musicians keep space on their tour circuit for the friendly and fun vibe they relish at their White River performances. The Barnyard at Casterbridge is where the action is, visit them on Facebook or phone 076 674 5536.
- Hope you remembered your bike – White River is a fantastic base for both roadies and mountain bikers. (Magnolia Mountain Biking Trails: 087 940 7761)
White River is known as a foodie hotspot, drawing people from the surrounding areas.There are many good restaurants to choose from, so book ahead once you’ve made your choice: For more details, download the free WR App:
Top things to do and places to visit nearby:
- Go horse riding in Kaapsehoop. 50 km from White River (082 774 5826)
- Check out the chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. 34 km from White River (079 777 1514)
- Get the adrenalin pumping at the Long Tom Toboggan. 60 km from White River (013-764-3377 or 073-375-1817)
- Enjoy interacting with mighty African elephants at Elephant Whispers. 49 km from White River (082 498 4683)
- Learn about some of the oldest rocks on earth, dating back some 3.5 billion years at the Barberton Makonjwa Geotrail. 65 km from White River (013 712 6490)
- Experience the thrill of an aerial cable trail and tree-top challenge at Skyway Trails. 48 km from White River (082 825 0209)
- Have a family day out at Induna Adventures. 62 km from White River (013 492 0071)
- Pamper yourself at Summerfields Rose Retreat and Day Spa. 54 km from White River (013 737 6500)
- Visit the famous Sudwala Caves. 51 km from White River (013 733 4152)
- Visit the many waterfalls in the region, for example Mac Mac Falls. 59 km from White River (013 764 1177)
- Take a day trip to the Kruger National Park: Numbi Gate 35 km from White River (013 735 5133) Kruger Gate 89 km from White River (013 735 5107) Visit Lake Panic close to Kruger Gate for some lovely photo opportunities
- Have a cultural experience at Shangana Cultural Village. 54 km from White River (013 737 5804)
- Admire the view of the escarpment at God’s Window and have a look at the interesting Bourke’s Luck Potholes and combine it with lunch at the popular Boskombuis (071 539 6773).