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Only 20km from the Mpumalanga Province capital city and close to the Kruger National Park and many of the province’s other major attractions, White River is an excellent base from which to enjoy a holiday in this attractive part of South Africa. This serene little town lies within the fertile Crocodile River Valley in the Lowveld region where tropical fruit and vegetables are grown on a large scale and where timber plantations and natural forests dominate the horizon.
The original settlement was named after the White River that ran to its east but today, the river meanders through the suburbs.
The climate in White River lends itself to outdoor activities, with warm to hot days and clear evening skies. White River has become somewhat of an escape for city dwellers seeking a more relaxed lifestyle out in nature and modern enclosed bushveld estates are rapidly springing up around the town.
Top 8 reasons to visit White River
1. Plan a trip to the Kruger National Park and enter at the Numbi gate, 48km from White River. The park authorities offer game safaris to view the 63 animal species located in this vast reserve. An arts and crafts centre is stationed at the gate to purchase souvenirs and meet the local crafters.
2. Definitely not your average shopping centre, the stores at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre are surrounded by greenery which makes for a super relaxing shopping excursion. For serious shoppers, the Riverside Mall in Mbombela (Nelspruit) has many more stores.
3. Spend a lazy afternoon visiting the Casterbridge Motor Museum showcasing a large private collection of vintage cars and motorcycles, all perfectly restored to their original state.
4. Get revitalised with a skincare and body wrap treatment at Pine Lake Inn’s Spa Bella Reho. The spa is open Monday to Saturday.
5. The Bagdad Farmer’s Market in the town is... Show more
More intimate and personalised than larger hotels, guests can expect a warmer, friendlier stay at a Boutique Hotel. Boutique Hotels are high-end accommodation, and guests can expect all the usual luxury amenities expected from a regular/larger hotel, including wifi; tea and coffee facilities; and deluxe bedding, and then some. Most Boutique Hotels pride themselves on personal service that allows them to go the extra-mile - making it an ideal place to stay for guests celebrating special events or anniversaries.