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:

NG Kerk Witrivier – ‘n Oase van Jesusliefde

The We Are White River team were blown away by the generosity and the good work that this church is doing in the community of White River and further afield. We left with the feeling we had met with good people with whom we look forward to exploring further the ideas discussed. This gemeente is definitely part of the WE in We Are White River.


Abeba Technologies

Thabo calls White River home and he matriculated at our highly regarded Uplands College. He loves local and his message to businesses here is to think big, which he certainly does. Could Abeba Tech be part of the digitization of the South African business flower market? That’s Thabo’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”.


Brand Yourself – Know It, Sell It! – By Kathy Knott

Being married to a marketer and brand strategist is no mean feat. I hear a constant commentary/critique on the latest adverts, billboards, product placements or the myriad other ways that companies find to bring their product to your attention. At times I find companies’ constant opportunism quite exhausting, and feel if I stand still long enough someone will stick a poster on me (if I’m not wearing a logo already). Being a counselling psychologist, I often see clients who are in a career process of some sort – whether it be for exploration, creation, transition or cessation. The overlap between these two disparate fields – namely psychology and marketing – is rather intriguing.


Resilience: Bending and not breaking your business

We have suggested that there are 3 pillars of resilience essential for sustaining the community of White River. To be sure there are probably more issues out there, but these three cover most:

Social resilience: the way the White Riverians work together, support each other and build bridges, not walls

Environmental resilience: looking after nature, from which everything ultimately originates.

Economic resilience: building and maintaining sound businesses and encouraging people to want to be in White River and buy from White River.


Rooftop Terrace Coffee Shop

Rooftop Terrace is open for breakfast and lunch every day except Sunday and they offer a simple, healthy and fresh menu. Chicken wraps, salads and other healthy low carb dishes are perfect for those who are hungry but don’t want to overeat. There are also Vegan meals on the menu like lentil curry and potato salad and they look to die for. There really is something for everyone. For those who are looking for something a little naughtier, there is a wonderful assortment of cakes from chocolate cake to cheesecake as well as other pastries that one can indulge in.


Enabling greater civility towards each other

The moment we are humane as a community; the levels of trust and respect towards each other is present. Our historical inequalities infused with racial hatred, injustices and intolerable public morality has ended and should not be repeated nor alluded to for the wrong reasons. We need to, as a community, fully accept our constitutional democracy founded on the values of equality, human dignity and human rights.


Piccadilly Pancake Bar and Deli

Piccadilly supports the No Straw Initiative – A single straw in your drink will stay on this planet forever. It takes 200 years to break down and then it breaks down into toxic particles. The US and the UK throw away nearly 550 million straws per day! Very little is recycled and most of it ends up in the ocean. A healthy ocean provides resilience to climate change. So, you can do your bit by refusing to use a straw


Building an eco-house

We take a stroll back to the house to inspect Michael’s worm farm. “This is the easiest and most successful thing we have,” he states enthusiastically. “Anything organic, we just throw on here,” he adds while showing off his worms in the compost, collected in a concrete type basin. “When it rains, the water runs through and collects in a tank underneath here. I can then pump out the worm tea.”


Jelani Guest House

The spacious guest house can be rented out in its entirety or one can stay in one of the four bedrooms. Jelani is entirely self-catering and all rooms have coffee making facilities, as well as air conditioning.