White River

The pretty town of White River was first settled in numbers at the turn of the 19th century by demobbed officers of Milner’s Anglo-Boer War forces. A busy farming community quickly grew along somewhat eccentric lines in this remote and isolated English-speaking corner of the empire. Nowadays, White River is a centre for culture, set in rolling farmlands and forests where once ne’er a tree grew, against the backdrop of Legogote Mountain.

Top attractions

The White River Country Club provides a range of sports facilities including golf, cricket, tennis, squash and hockey

  • Casterbridge Shops – This shopping centre sells the broadest range of luxury goods in any one spot in the region. Stop for a coffee and a mosey around the shops at this roadside Aladdin’s Cave
  • Casterbridge Car Museum – An enviable collection of old cars belonging to the family of the renowned furniture-makers Hans van der Merwe and Sons
  • Casterbridge Cinema is a small movie theatre that shows a range of classic and world-class movies for fans of the silver screen
  • The White River Country Club is a popular 18-hole course straddling the White River itself, which means lots of water hazards
  • Rottcher Wineries makes wine from navel and Valencia oranges. It dates back to the earliest days of the settlement when the first citrus crops were planted in the dry veld
  • Visit Antjie Newton’s Pottery and take a look at Antjie’s signature style – geckos and dragonflies everywhere!
  • The work of the late Esias Bosch, a world-famous ceramic artist from the Lowveld’s, is on display at the gallery at Casterbridge
  • Performing Arts Centre Casterbridge is home to the Casterbridge Music Development Academy, which focusses on providing a platform for local children, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop an interest in music and the performing arts. Regular performances and shows.
  • Bass fishing is a very popular acticity on the dams and lakes that surround White River

Numbi Gate is one of the loveliest entrances into the Kruger National Park. Photo courtesy of Arno Meintjes

  • Pine Lake offers water-sports on the Longmere Dam – sailing, jet-skiing, para-gliding, fishing, and more
  • Legogote Mountain is a brooding, lion-like mountain presence half-way between White River and Pretoriuskop (the oldest camp in the Kruger National Park). It is often referred to as "the sentinel of the Lowveld". The origin of its name is contested: Some say it is named after the lugogo, a leather thong, while others believe its name derives from legoka, which means klipspringer
  • Rumours abound of Iron Age sites in Plaston and Bushman paintings at Legogote. Explorers often go searching in these regions for relics from bygone days
  • Numbi Gate is the nearest gate into the Kruger National Park. The 15-minute drive to the gate takes you through the scenic Peebles Valley
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is a domestic and international gateway, with flights to major South African cities as well as Mozambique and Zambia. Also known as KMIA, MQP, Kruger Nelspruit, or just plain Nelspruit Airport

Did you know?

In the 1930s, the tennis court surfaces at White River’s Planter’s Club were made from rolled termite mounds.

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