Conveniently located between the metropolis of Nelspruit and the world-famous Kruger National Park, White River succeeds at being trendy and vibrant whilst holding onto its small town charm.
A tight-knit community of landowners, artists, farmers, nature lovers and big city escapees, its atmosphere is laid-back, friendly and somewhat eccentric. One of White River’s best-loved venues is Casterbridge.
Once a mango plantation, this relaxed and elegant lifestyle centre is where locals and tourists alike spend their free time browsing through natty craft and stylish interior décor shops. Hand-crafted wooden furniture here is superb and there are lots of restaurants to choose from. It has a cinema, theatre, petting zoo, a vintage car museum, tourist information centre and weekly Saturday market selling home-made goods.
A sizeable esoteric community resides in White River too, so look out for alternative therapies and holistic healing fairs. White River fine dining spots include Salt restaurant, Baghdad Café and Oliver’s, while local delis and road side stalls are filled with tropical and citrus fruits (fresh or dried), macadamia nuts and oil, smoked trout, fresh prawns from nearby Mozambique, venison and biltong (dried meat).
Visit silk farms, ceramic studios, and an orange winery, lunch at country guesthouses or play a round of golf. However you spend your time here, the hospitality is genuine and the attractions abundant.