Situated 20 km north of Nelspruit in a densely cultivated agricultural and forestry area lies the town of White River. The name of the town refers to the milky (white) colour of the water of the nearby river; resulting from the high kaolin content. White River was established in 1904 by the British Administrator of the Transvaal, Lord Milner, as a farming and irrigation initiative aimed at helping demobilised British soldiers after the Anglo-Boer War. Although a 60-km-long canal was built to help irrigate crops from the river, the tracts of land proved too small to be farmed successfully and in 1914 a syndicate bought large tracts of land, planted 60 000 citrus trees and soon had a viable agricultural industry going. Today, many farmers live on smallholdings surrounding this pretty town shaded by flowering trees, and successfully produce vegetables, subtropical and tropical fruit, flowers and timber.
Adventure And Sport
Air ventures: An operation based at White River offers hot-air balloon flights over this beautiful area at sunrise. Aeroplane flips can also be arranged.
4×4 Trails: The Camel Endurance Course presents a nearly irresistible challenge to 4×4 drivers.
Hiking: There are excellent walking and hiking trails in the area, several of which offer impressive views of the Crocodile River Valley.
Horse-riding: Several operators offer horse-riding excursions through the forests and scenic surroundings of the town.
Paragliding: The mountainous terrain in and around town offers numerous opportunities for paragliding.
River-rafting: This area, with its many streams and large rivers, offers good river-rafting possibilities.
History And Architecture
St George’s Anglican Church is a magnificent architectural creation.
Art And Crafts
Artists’ Trading Post: The Trading Post sells several examples of the creative local art and curios. It also has a coffee shop on the premises.
Eloff Studio: Artistic exhibits such as etchings, pottery and hand-printed silk screens warrant a visit to the Eloff Studio.
Entertainment And Shopping
Casterbridge Farm Centre: Casterbridge offers paintings, sculptures, jewellery and pottery for sale and has a museum to tell us more about the history of the area.
Mama Tembu Market: Curios and gifts can be bought at the Mama Tembu market on the first Saturday of every month.
Mission End Trading Post: Pay a visit to the Mission End Trading Post if you are interested in antiques and textile-printing.
Rottcher Estate: The Estate boasts a winery, a nut-processing plant and a gallery. Daily tours and light lunches are on offer.
Sibelala Tourist Centre: The Centre features an African hut, vegetable store, cafe, nursery and a furniture store.
Legogote Rock Formation: The Legogote rock formation resembles a lion’s head and is the town’s trademark.