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Photo credits: Roseann & Jonathan Hanson, and Hagai Kissila, Destination Africa.

Whistling Thorn Camp is a special conservation project of Destination Africa Safaris, Ltd., a Maasai-owned Tanzanian tour operator offering high-quality and unique safaris since 1999.

Set in classic African thorn-tree bush in the Great Rift Valley with stunning views of the Escarpment, Whistling Thorn Camp is a private concession adjacent to famed elephant haven Tarangire National Park. Whistling Thorn Camp is a perfect facility for groups or individuals who would like something out of the ordinary for their safari experience ~ where nature, culture, and conservation come together in the heart of wild Africa.

Whistling Thorn Camp offers up to 20 lucky guests full luxury canvas tents under romantic grass-thatched ramadas. Each tent, with either single or king-sized beds, has shelving, writing desk, en suite bathroom with flush toilet and luxurious hot showers. A shaded veranda with chairs, table, and wash basins overlooks a parkland of whistling thorns and flat-topped acacia trees where giraffes, zebras, and elephants graze, and the occasional lion or Maasai warrior wanders by. (More about camp facilities and bookings . . .)
Guests at Whistling Thorn Camp enjoy meals served on china and crystal, in a spacious dining tent, with friendly staff. Our chef prepares sumptuous three- and four-course meals, beginning with freshly baked breads and delectable soups, followed by fresh Tanzania vegetables, salads, and meats, and finished with perfect desserts. A bar selection is available.
Guests at Whistling Thorn Camp also enjoy a special relationship with the Olasiti Maasai community, from whom the camp land is leased. The community shares in the proceeds from each guest-night paid, and many guests contribute to numerous projects that are important to cultural conservation. (More about the Whistling Thorn's community projects and how you can help . . .)
As part of the lease agreement for Whistling Thorn Camp the community helps protect the wildlands of the camp property, which are part of the famed Kwa Kuchinja Wildlife Corridor, one of the most important areas where elephants, wildebeests, and other migratory animals move between protected areas seeking food and water. (More about wildlife and habitat conservation at Whistling Thorn . . .)
Please browse the selections above left to learn more about Whistling Thorn Camp. Please contact owner Hagai Kissila here if you have any questions at all. Thank you for your interest, and we hope you will join us soon.

About Our Name

The whistling thorn is Acacia drepanalobium, which has a special relationship with a species of Crematogaster ant. The ants live in the trees, fiercely protecting them from browsers that would strip their leaves, flowers & seeds. In exchange, the tree provides the ants with hollow galls in which to live and special nectar glands for food.This relationship is the analogy for community conservation: people protecing the landscape and wildlife, and in exchange the land and animals provide the people with food, shelter, water, and economic benefit.

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