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“Excellent camp! Fantastic staff! would def reccommend!”

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Whistling Thorn Tented Camp
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“Excellent camp! Fantastic staff! would def reccommend!”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

We stayed here one night on our feb safari and found it to be the best camp on our trip. Very clean and comfortable tents with plenty of space to move around. Hot bucket showers were great as were the flushing toilets. The staff were brilliant and food some of the best we ate on our trip! Everyone at this camp were very helpfull and friendly with a great sense of humour.. a wee game of football went down nicely too untill a huge thorn burst the ball and punctured my careless boyfriends foot... thats what he gets for running barefoot on the grass! Before dinner we were treated to an interesting Massai dance which i couldnt help but giggle the whole way through :) you dont get that in Scotland!! All in all we loved this place and I hope the young hard working boys that run it succeed in having a busy camp all year round! Excellent job!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

We spent 2 nights at this camp and it was our favorite out of 3 tented camps we stayed at during our safari. The food was wonderful! Easily the best we had on safari- big portions and fresh ingredients. The camp manager was a pleasure to talk to and attentive, and the staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. The tent was clean and comfy. We were three adults in one tent and there was just enough space even with our luggage. Appreciated the hot water for a comfortable shower and the modern flushing toilet. We highly recommend this tented camp; the peace and quiet here was a such a different experience than at the busier lodges.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

The previous reviews have done a good job of describing the place... just six guest tents well separated from each other, very well maintained, clean, comfortable, hot showers at request and good meals. We were the only guests when we stayed in October, 2011. The animals move around the Tarangire ecosystem, so we didn't have any "visitors" other than a nice assortment of birds and a few lizards. Lots of elephant dung - no elephants, just dung. Not the camp's fault - the animals don't follow our schedule!

The Masai dancing was interesting - almost a little spooky. We were sitting by the campfire having some popcorn and beer. No moon, so it was very dark. The men appear out of the darkness. There is no explanation... they just sing and dance. Then they leave. The intent and meaning of the song and dance remained a mystery - maybe not a bad thing. We spent much of our month in Tanzania asking "What...?" and answering "I don't know!"

We also did a morning walk - in our case, after the mandatory references to animal spoor - tracks and poop - we mostly concentrated on birding. Since much of a wildlife safari is spent in the vehicle, it was nice to actually get to just walk on the land and look around. A whole flock of yellow-collared lovebirds was a fun photo experience!

A good place to stay - quite a different experience from some of the busier larger camps and lodges.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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sun valley, Idaho
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Having lodged in larger and expensive lodging in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, this was by far the best lodging and food experience we had throughout our safari. It was quiet, scenic, secluded and intimate. Meals were delicious! Compliments to the chef. Meals were served at a set seating time which offered a chance meet and share stories with like minded travelers. Hagai Kissila and his staff were friendly and accommodating. Tents were clean and spacious equipped with modern toilet and shower, both of which are fed by outside, large volume bucket, filled manually by staff and available on demand for hot showers (You probably don't need to ask as they will ask if or when you would like your shower). It is a great way to manage water, where water is quite a luxury to have. Knowing animals are roaming about and the Masai are guarding the lodge is really quite an exciting experience you cannot get at a large lodge. We would highly recommend this lodge and experience to any traveler(S); this really was a treat!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We had such a wonderful stay here. Edwin was the camp manager during our visit, and he was wonderfully welcoming, kind, and he made it clear that our comfort was his number one priority. He welcomed us with fresh fruit juice and a warm towel to clean up after our first game drive at Tarangire. Later, he and his staff welcomed us to the campfire with freshly popped popcorn and we were able to order drinks (Safari Beer!). The local Masai danced for us around the campfire with a welcome dance. This was a wonderful experience. Our tent was clean, cozy, and they used bug spray right before bed time to ensure that our tent was mosquito-free. The toilet and shower were both easy to operate. One of the biggest highlights of this camp was being able to hear the animals at night. The staff here, 10 of them, were entirely focused on making us comfortable, and they were also friendly and interesting to talk with. Finally, the food here was wonderful. The portions were huge, and there was always more than enough. The table was set beautifully, and there was always a delicious main meat course, and several different sides of cooked vegetables, potatoes, rice, or salads. They even capped off the night with dessert. They escorted us to our tent in the evening, which made us feel very safe. This was probably the most friendly camp we stayed at.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tucson
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Tents spacious, beds comfortable, fabulous meals, personal service, exclusivity and a wild setting with a staff which was friendly and could not do enough to make us happy. I could have stayed forever. This camp is close to Tarangire National Park and has the same animals nearby so the lions roaring at night were not a surprise. It felt like we were the only people for miles. The local Masai staff the camp and were incredibly kind and accomodating. Their dancing around the campfire was a treat.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

This place is an under recogognized treasure. 5 of us stayed here in June for two nights and it turned out to be our favorite place we stayed in Tanzania. I was a little nervous from the reviews that the camp would be a little too rustic for everyone in our party, but it turned out to be fantastic and it was everyone's favorite place at the end of a 23 day trip! The accomodations were comfortable, clean and in a great location near the park entrance. And the food was absolutely amazing. The food was comparable to a top rated restaurant in San Francisco - i don't know how they did it. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone - and especially if you want a very unique expereience.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Whistling Thorn Tented Camp
Address: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
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Ranked #22 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
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Hotel Class:3 star — Whistling Thorn Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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