White River is a convenient central point from which to explore the magical beauty of the “Lowveld” (This commonly used term describes the relatively low lying region in the north east of South Africa.) The Kruger National Park is on our doorstep as are the many privately run nature reserves for which our country is famous. Nearby is the beautiful Mpumalanga escarpment, also known as the Panorama Route, with its many waterfalls, vistas and activities.  The airport (Kruger Mpumalanga International) is conveniently situated with daily flights to the rest of the country and Africa. White River itself boasts a range of restaurants, lodgings and activities.

There is so much on the web, but finding all the useful stuff can be difficult and some is misleading or outdated. We designed these pages to help you find what you need in order to plan your visit. Learn about what’s available, what to look out for how to choose from all the options. Here you will find links to other informative sites, booking and review sites, maps and accommodation pages. Have a look through and feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

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Planning your trip

Important information on planning your trip to the area and how to get here and around.

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Where to eat and drink

Good food and restaurants in and around White River

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Want to go on safari?

Where to go on safari. Do you want to self drive? What about luxury safari accommodation? We also have information on everything in-between.

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Accommodation

Accommodation in White River and surrounding area.

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Things to do in the area

Exciting and interesting things to do in the area.

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Our suggested routes

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WRWR Travel 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.

  • 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.

  • The Earth’s Beginnings and Another Country – A Day Drive from White River

    The Barberton-Makhonjwa Geotrail offers another attraction just an hour away for White RIver visitors, and you don’t have to be a geology student or enthusiast to enjoy the winding road, spectacular views and the wonder of touching rocks which remain in place, frozen where they were when the genesis of life of earth occurred 3.5 billion years ago. Should the Geotrail become Mpumalanga’s first World Heritage Site, this attraction will draw visitors from across the globe.

  • Drive the Big 5

    Beginning as a specialist in scuba diving safaris, and based in White River, it was a natural transition to “marry” a wildlife safari and become Dive the Big 5 in 1996. The ‘offspring’ division, Transfers and Tours, grew to adulthood and focuses on providing transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga International airport near White River, Eastgate airport in Hoedspruit and Skukuza airport in the Kruger National Park to the Lowveld lodges and hotels. They also transport clients from Johannesburg and Pretoria to various Lowveld destinations.

  • E.Coaches – White River

    E.Coaches and Tours have been a transport and touring provider in the Kruger area of Mpumalanga for the past 20 years. Their professional staff and dedicated partners ensure a safe, efficient and seamless travel experience. Your clients will be travelling in luxury, whilst being accompanied by their professional drivers/guides.

  • Dana Agency

    Passionate about the business of travel, they attribute their success to their dedication to service excellence and the high work ethos in the company, encapsulating the Benjamin Franklin quote “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

  • White River Winkler

    Premier Hotel The Winkler

    Eighty seven tastefully decorated rooms, extensive grounds framed by magnificent trees and a terrace with a breathtaking view, Premier Hotel The Winkler provides a peaceful base from which to explore White River and its beautiful surroundings.

  • Travel Counsellors

    Part of a global award-winning company with state of the art technology at their fingertips, Mary and Anna Dalrymple run Travel Counsellors from their home office in White River, giving them the flexibility to meet clients in their offices, homes or even a local coffee shop.

  • Kaapsehoop

    Kaapsehoop is often shrouded in mist and much colder than its neighbouring towns of Nelspruit and Barberton. The town as we know it today was formed in 1882 when gold was discovered in a small creek running through the town.

  • Casterbridge Hollow

    If a bit of Lowveld peace is what you are looking for, the beautiful gardens and pool deliver just that and there is absolutely no pressure to head off to the adjacent gym, although a trip to the Wellness Centre may be on your agenda. Staying in the heart of Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre means shops, art galleries, restaurants and even a cinema are a gentle stroll away.

  • Hiking to Legogote – By Eksteen Jacobsz

    The path is well trodden and easy to follow. It winds through two forests and after forty five minutes of hard hiking we reached the last section before the summit. There are two tricky rock scrambles before you reach the top. A 360 degree view of the Lowveld greets you once at the top. The summit marker was infested with gnats and we only spent a short while there before moving down to the bottom tier.

  • Hiking in Mpumalanga

    There are plenty of walks and trails in the vicinity of White River to suit all levels of ability and fitness, so pack your sensible shoes, hat, sunscreen and bottle of water and get cracking.

  • 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.

  • Verlorenkloof We Are White River

    Verlorenkloof – Eksteen Jacobsz

    Monthly travel blog by Eksteen Jacobsz. Verlorenkloof Estate is a well-established and highly regarded share block development and self-catering holiday resort on the eastern escarpment in the heart of the trout triangle in Mpumalanga.

  • Striking out a little further in the Kruger – Orpen

    Since moving to White River in 2009 we’ve popped into Kruger countless times. Who wouldn’t? A scenic drive along the R40 to Hazyview and in through our favourite southern gate, Phabeni, brings us to Skukuza within two hours after a stop at the Golf Club and Lake Panic. Then the routes joining Skukuza to Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop and occasionally a trip down to Crocodile Bridge are repeatedly traversed either as day trips or longer stays but after 6 years, it was time to strike out further afield.

  • Long Tom Toboggan at Misty Mountain

    The fun and only Toboggan! – Eksteen Jacobsz

    There’s a new thrill in the Lowveld. It goes by the name of Toboggan. It is situated between Sabie and Lydenburg at Misty Mountain and became operational in March 2016. It might look like a rollercoaster and ride like a rollercoaster but it isn’t a rollercoaster.