The pretty town of White River was first settled in numbers at the turn of the last 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 forestry all with the enviable backdrop of Legogote Mountain.
- Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre – 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
- Golf Course – a popular 18-hole course straddling the White River itself. Lots of water!
- Rottcher Wineries makes wine from navel and Valencia oranges and 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 late Esias Bosch was one of the Lowveld’s world-famous artists. Pay a visit to the gallery at Casterbridge
- The Barnyard Theatre at Casterbridge stages shows, concerts and regular displays by local song and dance groups
- Bass fishing is BIG on the surrounding dams and lakes
- Pine Lake offers water-sports on Longmere Dam – sailing, jet-skiing, para-gliding, fishing. You name it
- The older folk tell us there are numerous Iron Age sites in Plaston and there are bushman paintings at Legogote
- Legogote – the Sentinel of the Lowveld, named after the lugogo, a leather thong or possibly legoka, a kilpspringer. A brooding lion-like mountain presence half-way between White River and Pretoriuskop, the oldest camp in the Kruger National Park
- Numbi Gate is the nearest gate into Kruger from White River. About 15 minutes’ drive through the lovely Peebles Valley
- Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is the country’s newest international gateway with flights to Mozambique and Zambia.