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White River (Mpumalanga) is in Mpumalanga.


White River in Mpumalanga province, is a small farming and holiday town. For international travellers it is mainly interesting as a base of stepping stone for visits to the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route and Eswatini (Swaziland).

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP IATA), 15km from White River, is served by South African Airways with flights to O.R. Tambo Johannesburg (JNB IATA), Cape Town (CPT IATA) and Durban (DUR IATA). There is no public transport to and from the airport, but private transfers can be organised.

By bus[edit]

Several bus shuttles service White River from Johannesburg, including O.R. Tambo International Airport:

  • Lowveld Link [1] has daily minibus shuttles departing from White River Lodge (Arrivals: M-Sa 18:35, Sa 16:30, Su 15:00 and Departures: M-Sa 07:00, Su 11:00) stopping in Mbombela, Pretoria, OR Tambo International Airport, Sandton, Hatfield Gautrain Station and Lanseria Airport. Shuttle to OR Tambo cost R410.
  • LimeTime Shuttle [2] has two daily minibus shuttles to and from OR Tambo International Airport departing at 05:15 and 10:15, arriving at 09:20 and 14:30. From OR Tambo shuttles leaves at 10:15 and 15:45, and arrive at 14:00 and 19:30. Shuttles cost R410.
  • Translux [3] [formerly dead link] (+27 861 589-282) has weekly transfers from Johannesburg to White River (Caltex Garage) every Friday. Departure 08:00, arrival 15:10 for R190.

Shuttles from Johannesburg to Mbombela:

  • Greyhound [4] (+27 13 753-2100)has daily buses from Johannesburg to Mbombela, departing at 09:00 and arriving at 15:30. Another Greyhound line connects leaves Maputo (Cotur) at 07:00 and arrives in Mbombela at R10h45.
  • Intercape [5] (+27 21 380-4400) has two daily buses from Johannesburg to Mbombela, departing at 07:30 (R330) and 22:00 (R410), arriving 12:25 and 02:50 respectively.
  • Citybug [6] (+27 861 33-4433) has six daily shuttles (R440) from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg to Mbombela, departing and arrival times are 08:00-11:30, 10:45-14:30, 12:30-16:00, 14:00-17:00, 15:30-19:00 and 18:00-21:30.

To and from Hoedspruit:

Thula Seats [7] ( +27 13 751-1553) provides shuttles from Mbombela (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) to Hoedspruit (R400) with stops in White River and Hazyview (R250). Departure between 13:00 and 13:30.

By car[edit]

The N12 and N4 motorways are the main access from Johannesburg to Mbombela (340km, approximately three hours and a half). White River is then an easy 20km drive on the R40.

Get around[edit]

Public transport is limited to minibus taxis which are unpractical for most travellers. The best option is to organise a rental car from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Mbombela.




  • Africa Joy, Casterbridge Lifestyle Center, Corner Numbi Road and R40 to Hazyview, +27 83 675-8833, . M-Sa 09:00-16:30, Su 10:00-15:00. South African products, good for souvenir hunting. Range includes home ware, decoration, fashion jewellery and items for kids.





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