Family Accommodation in White River, near Kruger Park, South Africa


Nestled in the picturesque town of White River (approximately 20km north of Nelspruit, the provincial capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province) the Karula Hotel is the most affordable full-service hotel in the Lowveld. Karula offers comfortable accommodation as a base to explore the surrounding areas, as a retreat to take time out, or as a stop-over for the travelling businessman. The hotel’s excellent facilities and attention to detail also make Karula the ideal conference venue.

Four times winner 
of the prestigious 
AA Award for 
"Best Country Hotel"

Perfectly situated in the heart of the beautiful sub tropical Mpumalanga Lowveld, we are within easy reach of many places of historic interest such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window, Mac Mac Waterfalls and the quaint old mining town of Pilgrim's Rest.


The majestic scenic drives confirm what we have always known about the Mpumalanga province, a piece of heaven. Karula is a mere 32 km from the Kruger National Park, 12 km from Nelspruit / Kruger International Airport and 8km from the White River Golf Club.

The Karula Hotel has been under the personal management of the Richardson family for over 34 years, and our team of warm, caring staff are ready to welcome you. 

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Sporting facilities on the premises include swimming, tennis and a billiard room. Bowls, golf, squash, fishing and other leisure activities are available nearby. The White River area boasts numerous opportunities for both leisurely sightseeing and more active adventures. You can relax on a game drive or experience the thrill of water rafting, abseiling, micro lighting or even hot air ballooning. Casterbridge country shopping complex is close by, which houses a motor museum, many boutique and specialty shops as well as an art movie house. (See our Activities page for comprehensive details of what to do in the area.)