|"There are so many camps and so many tour operators to choose from in Tanzania. But what sets Destination Africa and Whistling Thorn Camp apart from all the rest is simple: It is owned and operated by native-born Tanzanians who are clearly dedicated to the land, its wildlife, and its people. We'll be back because we want to be a part of their success, a part of true community-based conservation."
~ Roseann & Jonathan Hanson, Tucson, Arizona USA
Combine nights at Whistling Thorn Camp with an exciting private mobile safari! Contact Destination Africa Safaris, the operator of Whistling Thorn Camp, for more information.
|Photo credits: Roseann & Jonathan Hanson or Hagai Kissila, Destination Africa.|
|Facilities & Bookings at Whistling Thorn Camp|
Whistling Thorn Camp can accommodate up to 20 lucky guests in spacious full luxury canvas tents with permanent grass-thatched ramadas (see below for how the local Maasai community assisted in building our ramadas). Each tent, with either two single beds or one king-sized bed, 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 scenic parkland. At night, your private tent is lit by gas lamp, and you will have your own electric torch.
|No detail is too small: umbrellas, mirrors, and personal wash basins for each tent.|
|It can hardly be called "camping!" Guests at Whistling Thorn Camp enjoy meals served on china and crystal, in a spacious dining tent, with friendly staff who serve at tableside or set up a buffet style meal (such as at lunchtime or breakfast).|
|Our chef prepares sumptuous three- and four-course meals, beginning with freshly baked breads (see right) and delectable soups, followed by fresh Tanzania vegetables, salads, and meats, and finished with perfect desserts. A bar selection is available.|
|The local Maasai community, from whom we lease the camp property, assist in all aspects of camp operation. Above is our new dining ramada, a new home for our large dining tent and communal area for guests. Ladies from the community are paid to cut the thatch; expert thatchers are shown constructing the roof.|
Bookings at Whistling Thorn Camp
Best Seasons at Whistling Thorn Camp
|Activities at Whistling Thorn Camp|
|At Whistling Thorn Camp you can enjoy real bush walks with Maasai guides leaving right from your tent! We also will enjoy night drives ~ the best time to see animals such as jackals, leopards, and and other shy cats.
Because we are immediately adjacent to Tarangire National Park, we frequently enjoy wildlife in the camp ~ zebras, giraffes, ostrich, wildebeests, various antelope, black-backed jackals, Cape buffalo, and elephants.
Birdwatching in camp is especially excellent, as Tarangire is known as having extremely high bird diversity - for all of East Africa. Please see our Conservation page for species lists and more information.
The entrance to Tarangire is just 15 minutes' drive from Whistling Thorn Camp. This park is a little-known jewel of East Africa - a haven for one of the largest elephant herds, with a fantastic landscape of rivers, the famed baobob trees, acacia woodlands and more. It is a very large park, and wildlife viewing is excellent.
Cultural activities include visits the local Maasai community to buy crafts (see below), or to south Lake Manyara, to the very shy and still-primitive Datoga people, relatives of the Maasai.
|The People at Whistling Thorn Camp|
|At Whistling Thorn Camp, the wildlife and scenery may be spectacular, but what sets us apart from all other camps and tour operators is the people.
Owner Hagai Kissila (left) is a Maasai, and is very proud of his country - its natural and cultural heritage. His attention to detail is boundless, and he will personally guarantee that your safari is the trip of a lifetime. (Click here to see Hagai's profile and comments from clients . . .)
Whistling Thorn Camp's dedicated staff are friendly and highly trained, to ensure that your stay is perfect. (Check back soon as we profile staff here.)
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