reasons to visit


White River, conveniently located between Nelspruit and the world-famous Kruger National Park, is the perfect base from which to seek out the Lowveld’s leisure offerings. Whether you’re up for game-viewing and golfing, or prefer shopping and long gourmet lunches, you’ll find plenty of reasons to linger in friendly Manzemhlope. (Zulu for ‘Water White’).

White River is the ideal (S)Lowveld getaway for those in search of bushveld atmosphere, with the reassurance that an authentic Italian espresso is just an outdoor café away.

Located just minutes from the main town centre is one of White River’s most visited entertainment venues. Once a mango plantation, Casterbridge Centre and Bagdad Centre just opposite, are two relaxed, elegant lifestyle centres with an air of ‘spoil yourself’ about its boutique shops, delis and open-air restaurants. It has a cinema, petting zoo, a vintage car museum, tourist information centre and lively restaurant with outdoor area and bar called GumTreez.

When visitors to White River, South Africa, aren’t splurging on hand-crafted furniture and other collectibles, or relishing gourmet menus at  Magnolia, Oliver’s, Fez,  Mahoi's and the latest addition to our number of restaurants, Picasso's, a new venue inspired by the Tex Mex restaurant in Naxos, Greece, of the same name; the area’s golf courses are a popular diversion.

Tour the lush, subtropical, plantation-lined countryside of White River, Mpumalanga by car or motorbike because there's plenty to see around White River. Visit a silk farm and 
macadamia nut farms, an orange winery, the mission trading post and a potters' workshop.

The roadside stalls of curio vendors, and farm stalls brimming with local produce, provide a delicious excuse to stretch your legs before proceeding to the Numbi Gate entrance of the Kruger National Park for some game-spotting, or venturing further, along the scenic Panorama Route to the Blyde River Canyon.

Just twenty kilometers from White River, the city of Nelspruit offers slick shopping malls, the Emnotweni Casino, fine dining at the restaurants Orange just off Ferreira Street, and Zest, about 15 kilometers on the Nelspruit/Sabie Road. Also on its outskirts, the natural attractions of the Sudwala Caves and the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens with the trendy restaurant Kuzuri on the perimeter of the gardens and a lovely tea garden called The Red Fig can also be found.

Fast Fact: White River is so-named because of the nearby river, which is milky in colour because of the presence of kaolin, a soft white clay used for making porcelain.

getting here

For detailed directions to Stonecrop Lodge, please see our ‘Contact’ page.

best time to visit

Lowveld areas in the northern part of the province experience hot to very hot summers with high humidity, while winters are pleasant with warm days and cool nights. 

where to stay

Stonecrop Lodge, of course!

things to do and places to go to in and around the area

Adventure sports and a Shangaan Cultural Village in Hazyview; scenic waterfalls and more adventure sports around Sabie - voted the Town of the Year 2012 by South Africans; a famous pancake house in Graskop, trendy galleries and a ‘Big Swing’ in Graskop. The famous Kruger National Park game reserve is right on White River’s doorstep. More attractions are the Elephant Sanctuary outside Hazyview and Chimpanzee Eden +-8km outside Nelspruit on the Barberton Road.

Self-explore the Panorama Route, with natural attractions like Bourke’s Luck potholes and the Blyde River Canyon, or follow the Lowveld Gourmet Route, from Nelspruit to Hazyview. Explore the historic towns of Barberton, Pilgrim's Rest and Kaapschehoop with its wild horses and rare blue swallows.

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descriptions, contact information and useful links

The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most famous tourist attractions. Measuring 350 kilometres from north to south and approximately 60 kilometres at its widest point, the park is home to a variety of wildlife including the famous Big Five. The Numbi entry gate is only 35 kilometres from White River, while the Pabeni gate is a little further, just outside Hazyview. With its 147 mammal species, 512 varieties of birds, 114 types of reptiles, and fascinating flora, a visit to the Kruger National Park is a definite "must do"  while you're in the Lowveld.

Reservations & Bookings: 
Kruger Park +27 21 468 7255
e-mail: bookings@krugerpark.com

Animal Projects
-Cheetah Project, Hoedspruit

http://www.hesc.co.za

Tel: +27 15 793 1633

Mobile: +27 83 654 2299
Fax: +27 15 793 1646
e-mail: 
management@cheetahcentre.co.za  or office@cheetahcentre.co.za

-Elephant Sanctuary, Hazyview
http://www.elephantsanctuary.co.za/
Tel: 013 737 6609 / 079 624 9436 (08H00 - 17H00 Mon to Sun)
Fax: 0866 346 363
e-mail: 
elephantmrkt@mweb.co.za
Contact persons: Talita & Justin  - Please note: Booking is essential!

-Chimp Eden, Nelspruit

Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary
Tel: 27 79 777 1514
e-mail: 
tours@chimpeden.com

excursions and activities to add to your itinerary

Blyde River Canyon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blyde_River_Canyon

The canyon is part of the Panorama route. This route starts at the town Graskop and includes God's Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke's Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment.  It is 26 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 762 metres deep. The dam itself, when full, is at an altitude of 665 metres. The Canyon consists mostly of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1,944 metres above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 561 meters above sea level. This means that by some measure the Canyon is over 1,372 metres deep. While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on earth, and it may be the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage. It has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the 'Three Rondavels'; huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. 


Lowveld Botanical Gardens

http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/lowveld

The botanical gardens in the Nelspruit area are well worth a visit, and offers a tea garden on the grounds as well as a wonderful laid back restaurant, Kuzuri, with its deck overlooking the waterfalls. Great spot for a lovely, lazy, lunch!

Bourke's Luck Potholes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blyde_River_Canyon

Named after Tom Bourke, the man who discovered gold at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers, Bourke's Luck Potholes marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. The natural potholes are deep cylindrical holes formed by the friction of sand and rock carried down the river over millennia when in flood. Specially constructed bridges allow visitors the opportunity to view the potholes from up close. The visitors' center and museum are interesting and informative so please spend some time in both. The building is conveniently situated at the start of the 700 meter walk to the potholes.


When travelling to the Potholes through Graskop and past the Lisbon Falls, be sure to stop at the South African bush restaurant (Potluck Boskombuis or Bush Kitchen), a riverside eatery on the banks of the Treur River for a simple, down to earth, hearty meal! A truly unique experience awaits... 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Potluck-Boskombuis-Bush-Kitchen/301169316707129

Cinema

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casterbridge-Cinema/209116365782977

The Casterbridge Cinema, a 96-seater cinema with state-of-the-art surround sound, has a pleasant mix of new and art movie releases which can be viewed here throughout the week except on Mondays. Your host Sue will gladly provide something light but scrumptious for your account upon prior arrangement. There is also a wonderful selection of sweets and of course, popcorn, available. Guests can purchase liquid refreshments in the foyer which can be taken into the theatre to keep them hydrated and cool while watching the movie. The program can be found here: https://web.facebook.com/Casterbridge-Cinema-209116365782977/?hc_ref=SEARCH


God's Window
http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-southafrica.net-gods-window

The magnificent views of the Lowveld from God’s Window are self-explanatory as to how this viewpoint got its name. From here one overlooks a sheer 300 metre drop into the ravine, where an indigenous forest thrives. The panoramic view encompasses the Kruger National Park in the distance to the east.

Pilgrim's Rest

http://www.pilgrims-rest.co.za

Pilgrim’s Rest is a modern-day “living museum” and your stay in Mpumalanga will not be complete without exploring this historical village. Alluvial gold was first discovered in the stream here in 1873 by Alec Patterson and this event sparked off one of the biggest gold rushes of the time. Mining only ceased in 1972 and today Pilgrim’s Rest has been preserved in the exact architectural style of the gold rush period. 


Waterfalls

http://www.graskop.co.za

(Click on see/do tab)

Lisbon Falls - 15 kilometres from Graskop en route to Blyde.  The Lisbon Falls are the highest in the area and falls from the point where the Blyde River splits into three. Large pools are formed here before the water drops off a sheer cliff to the pool 92 metres below.


Mac Mac Falls - The Mac Mac Falls are named after the old mining camp of Mac Mac, so named because of the large number of miners of Scottish descent that came seeking their fortune. The twin 56 metre falls which can be seen today were originally one. Eager to get to the promised gold, miners tried to divert the flow with the help of dynamite and succeeded in creating a second fall. Higher up are the Mac Mac Pools, naturally formed swimming pools. Great spot for a picnic!

Lone Creek Falls -  The Lone Creek Waterfall is situated about 10 kilometres west of Sabie. Here the Sabie River pours over a 68 metre cliff covered by trees, moss and ferns. The waterfall is spectacular after heavy rainfall when the spray nurtures the surrounding rainforest. Lone Creek Waterfall is just one of many waterfalls to be found along the Sabie River; others include the Horseshoe Falls which is a National Heritage Site. It is the only waterfall that has accommodation in the form of five quaint A-frame log cabins on its grounds. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Griet at +2778 127 2005. Lastly, there is also the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls.    

Golf

For golfing enthusiasts the availability of several excellent golf courses in the area will be great news. Nearby Stonecrop is W
hite River Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course, and Matumi Golf Club, an 18-hole park-lands course in Nelspruit. En route to Hazyview, Kruger Park Lodge Golf Club and Lion’s Rock Golf Lodge, are 9-hole courses with a mix of park-lands and bushveld terrain, and the occasional 4-legged hazard. On the Sabie road you'll find Sabi River Sun Hotel with its own course on the banks of the Sabie River. In nearby Sabie, there is Sabie Country Club with its delightful 9-hole course set in arguably the most scenic surroundings, and if that alone doesn't lure you there, their rates are the best in the Lowveld!  Pilgrim’s Rest also boasts a great 9-hole course and colonial style club house. You can even book a round of golf just outside Skukuza in the Kruger Park, but be warned: This course is not for the faint-hearted! There are no fences, and one might encounter any of the Kruger’s famous permanent residents while teeing off!

Contact Information

- Golf clubs around White River and Hazyview
Tel: +2713 764 2282
Cell: 076 596 3164

e-mail: sabieadmin@telkomsa.net