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Whistling Thorn Tented Camp

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- Small, friendly camp
- Adjacent to Tarangire National Park
- Game drives, night walks
- Maasai Community visits

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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.

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  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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