Welcome! Hopefully you are idly browsing through this while relaxing in White River. Whether a resident or holiday maker we thought you might like to know exactly what White River stands for – and if you answered “small, boring dorpie” you are dead wrong. Errrpp – miss a turn!
We Are…awfully proud of our little town and how each month interesting people, events, goings-on and big hearts are discovered and unwrapped. Here’s our breakdown of White River, when it’s your go again read on and be enlightened!
W = Water. In good rainy seasons, White River is surrounded by jewelled, glistening dams. A veritable treasure trove of water sports – sail and motor boats, water ski-ing, jet skis, fishing, paddling and canoes. And of course, the good old fashioned joy of dam swimming. http://wearewhiteriver.com/white-river-active/
H = Hot and Humid. Yes, it is but due to the altitude White River is blessed with cooler temperatures on the Lowveld summer range. This is a great place to base yourself for your Lowveld touring – mild evening temps make for a good night’s sleep.
I = Incredibly friendly, small town feel. Need we say more?
T = Tummies. Paraphrasing Lady Liberty, ‘Give us your tired, your hungry, your grumpy family yearning to eat and drink well.’ Seriously. We have a vast array of eating establishments for tummies of all shapes, sizes and pernickety-ness. Throw away your eating plans and tuck in. http://wearewhiteriver.com/white-river-eats/
E = Energetic. Well, some do like to stay active on holiday. Mountain biking? Golf? Walks and trail runs? How about a shot of adreneline with nearby tobogganing, bridge swings, gecko-ing the Sabie River? Gym bunnies also catered for with several choices in town and at Casterbridge. http://wearewhiteriver.com/white-river-active/
R = Rest. Relax. It’s been a really tough year and who knows what 2017 will bring? Take a time out here just to draw a few deep breaths, catch up with your reading and amble along at a leisurely pace. If you run out of reading material, we have a second hand book shop in town.
I = Interesting. Read up on some of White River’s history, http://wearewhiteriver.com/white-river-history/. Meander along Chief Mgiyeni Khumalo Street to see the Magistrates Court, built in 1938. Or admire the giant Natal Fig tree outside Phat Boyz – it’s over 100 years old. Visit the Mosque (tours by arrangement (call Maryam Gardee 072 2916 786), have lunch at the Karula Hotel then drive a little further to take a look at quaint St George’s Anglican Church.
V = Vibey. Yes, even small towns kick their heels up! There are plenty of pubs in town, often with live music, craft beer and all buzzing with laughter and good spirits.
E = Exhausted. That’s how you arrive but after a few days here, no matter how energetic and active (or not!) you’ve been, you’ll be amazed at how your batteries have recharged.
R = Regretful. It’s time to go home and your heart is sore. Everyone leaves a little piece of themselves behind when they finally say goodbye to White River. We prefer ”Até nos proximos” – as our Mozambican cousins say, “see you around.”