The farming traditon of the community that settled here after the Anglo-Boer War has remained virtually unchanged to this day. Lord Milner, administrator of the defeated Transvaal, demarcated land on the 'Emansimhlope' - a tributary of the Crocodile River whose name translates from the Swazi as 'White Waters' - to demobilised Boer and British Anglo-Boer War soldiers.
After a 26km canal to channel water from the river was built, the new settlers planted trees and established new cultivation methods. The agriculture involves largely the production of tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and timber, and is one of the largest in the province.
White River, with three irrigation dams and a number of nearby forest, is a popular holiday destination for those looking to enjoy the splendour of the Crocodile River Valley, and the town has a reputation for its arts and crafts.
White River Activities:
Sibelala Tourist Centre
Incorporates an interesting plant nursery with a special interest in herbs, also handmade furniture.
St. Georges Anglican Church
On the Plaston road is a fine example of early lowveld architecture.
Mission End Trading Post
Off the R40, 14,7km from White River towards Hazyview then 6,5km from the Arkas Textiles sign, offers antiques and bric a brac in a charming environment.
Kraal Kraft Curios
5km from White River is one of the largest curio shops in South Africa representing many local and international styles.
Lowveld Botanical Garden
Gives a fascinating insight into the flora of the lowveld. This botanical garden has been descrribed as one of the finest in South Africa.
Nelspruit Reptile Park
Is a new and exciting develpment which has recently been opened and is a must for visitors. The park has a wide selection of snakes and other reptiles, butterflies and a typical farm environment.
Visit the Studio where you can see a unique collection of original African art, impressionistic wildlife paintings, etchings, handprinted silkscreens, pottery and sculpture.
A unique dining experience in an African boma.
The distinctive rock formation that is the town's trademark, resembling a lion's head, antelope or, as is the translation of its name, 'the rock that leans'.
A lovely home set in a sunny garden, boasting a winery, nuttery and equestrian centre. Wine tasting, daily tours and light lunches on offer.
Find accommodation near the following airport(s) in White River:Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
Tel: 013 753 7500
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