- Small, friendly camp
- Adjacent to Tarangire National Park
- Game drives, night walks
- Maasai Community visits
Whistling Thorn is a small, authentic bush camp set in a landscape of African thorn-trees, adjacent to the Kwakuchinja Wildlife Corridor in the Great Rift Valley, Northern Tanzania. The Kwakuchinja Corridor is used by thousands of animals to migrate from Tarangire to Lake Manyara in search of water and grasses meaning there is abundant wildlife to be found here. The camp is located within a private concession area, a short 10-minute drive from the gates of the Tarangire National Park. It is eco-friendly and managed by local Maasai people whose songs and dances are incorporated into camp life; there is a real sense here of immersion in both local culture and nature.
Close to the thatched restaurant area, there are 6 spacious, canvas tents set under permanent grass-thatched ramadas which can accommodate up to 12 guests in total. Each tent has a private veranda, indoor shelving, a writing desk and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. Hot water for the ‘talking showers’ is fed by staff manually into a 15-litre tank – a rustic approach which works well! There is electrical lighting in the tents and torches are provided, along with charging points for electrical equipment. The food is good; sourced locally where possible, and served in generous portions. There is a daily camp fire and lovely views over the surrounding flat-topped acacia tree-plains from all areas of the camp. By day, antelope, zebra and elephants can be seen and at night, guests drift off to sleep hearing the sounds of hyenas and lions.
Activities include game drives in the nearby Tarangire National Park, famed for its huge variety of Big Cats and vast number of elephants, visits to local Maasai villages and slower-paced bush walks. Night drives are also possible. Whistling Thorn provides a genuine, ‘off the beaten track’ experience. Guests can enjoy the breath-taking experience of animals roaming through the camp in the knowledge that Maasai warriors are on hand to ensure their safety. The accommodation is basic but comfortable, with friendly and attentive staff. This is a good, reliable choice in its price range and guarantees an authentic and unforgettable stay.
- Stunning tree-top accommodation
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Cultural visits
- Spectacular birdlife
- Fantastic bird viewing
- Private access to Lake Manyara
- Comfortable tented accommodation
- Beautiful lakeside location
- Night-time game drives
- Walking safaris, Masaai village visits
- Spectacular birdlife
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019