We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Whistling Thorn Tented Camp

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Management photos
Whistling Thorn Tented Camp
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 66: English reviews
California
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The tented camp is located closed to the Tarangire National Park and at the wildlife corrdior that animals travel to and from Manyara. We stayed two nights and had a wonderful time here. Each tent is equiped with toilet and shower bath. Although the facilities are basic, but service is good, staff are friendly and nice. The camp site is...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Vivian W
Amsterdam
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This tented camp was the most basic we came upon in Tanzania. No wired electricity, so the generator is turned off at 10pm. No running water, but the staff does everything to give you a comfortable stay. They fill up buckets with hot water for your shower and in the morning you get washing water outside your tent. The staff...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank GilbertoAmsterdam
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Our agent in tanzania booked Whistling Thorns against our knowledge though we had requested for a tented accomodation at a 5 star establishment. We were naturally upset since our expectations were not managed. Least to say we were not happy with this accomodation but I will just provide objective observations on this camp. Upon arrival, there was no one to...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Dreion_SY
Reviewed 12 August 2016

The camp is located very close to the animals living in tarangire park and is guarded at night by the Massai people of the camp. You live in a tent with the facilities of a room (toilet, hot water supplied by the staff of the camp). Meals are adjusted to European taste and dinner is precented by a short festivity...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Vangelis B
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Very difficult to find as there are no signs off the main road and many roads crisscrossing in the bush! But staff were very friendly and welcoming, food was delicious. Rooms were fine - more like true "camping" than the other lodges we stayed in. Very warm upon arrival but got cold in the night - the blankets are there...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Kristin W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2016

My wife & I arrived at Whistling Thorn after 5 nights in a luxury lodge, having had a delightful stay and fabulous game viewings in the Serengeti area. So I was just a bit concerned that a tented camp might be a "step down". Far from it. We had game drives in Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Very different from the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank jimlthomson
MoivaroLodges, Guest Relations Manager at Whistling Thorn Tented Camp, responded to this review

Dear Jim, Asante sana for staying with us and taking the time to write about your experience. As you mention, going for a guided, early-morning walk makes for a memorable experience. Zebra, warthhog, giraffe and other wildlife can be viewed often during these walks. Our staff are accommodating and do a great job at making our guests' stay as comfortable...

Sydney
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for the first couple of nights of our honeymoon safari. The camp is basic but comfortable, located off the beaten track next door to a Masai village. Staff were very welcoming and try hard to cater to all needs. Considering that there is no running water on site we were very surprised and relieved to know that we...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank lallyomally
MoivaroLodges, Guest Relations Manager at Whistling Thorn Tented Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you for staying in camp with us and posting your comment. Whistling Thorn is bordering Tarangire NP, in an area where animals can be spotted going through camp. As you mention, our showers are very original. Water is lifted up by pulleys and nice warm showers are available upon request. Toilets always flush as there is a...

Gainesville, Florida
Reviewed 18 January 2016

Whistling Thorn is a great place to stay near Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The staff were very professional and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We really enjoyed both the night game drive and the morning hike, which allowed us to experience the savannah from a different perspective. Meals were excellent, and the accommodations certainly...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank CF_Gainesville
MoivaroLodges, Guest Relations Manager at Whistling Thorn Tented Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Asante sana for your staying at our camp and posting your feedback. Our camp is located just outside the park's boundaries. The tents are comfortable, furnished with self-contained bathroom and bush shower. Our entire team of staff is very attentive and welcoming, catering to individual needs. The 'bush TV' in the evenings and the guided walks in the...

Reviewed 2 January 2016

The tented camp borders Tarangire park and is a great place to stay. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. I was the only guest for the night and I had excellent food and service provided The shower facility in the tented camps rely on staff filling the tanks with 15L of hot water at a time. This was the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank drchristo4
MoivaroLodges, Guest Relations Manager at Whistling Thorn Tented Camp, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for staying at Whistling Thorn and posting your comment. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. As you mention, the 'talking shower' is a first experience for many of our guests, and it certainly guarantees a warm one too. The camp itself, its location, and the attentive, friendly service, make our camp, a...

Fulton, New York, United States
Reviewed 18 December 2015

The camp practically borders Tarangire National Park, but the road to get there was an adventure through mud holes, etc. They are supposedly improving it, but in the meanwhile be prepared, especially if you go in rainy season. The food was good, property as described on the internet. An unexpected treat was a dance/song performance by Masai. In the morning...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Debbie_and_Chris_C
MoivaroLodges, Guest Relations Manager at Whistling Thorn Tented Camp, responded to this review

Dear Debbie and Chris, Thank you for posting your comment, and staying at our camp. As you point out, we are bordering the national park, in an area teeming with birdlife and other wildlife. It offers a unique opportunity to participate in guided-walks, a welcome respite to many, from sitting in the vehicle for game-drives. The walks are led by...

100 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (99)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (10)
Viewed
Bathroom (11)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
Room/Suite (15)
Viewed
View from Room (3)
Viewed
Other (53)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (1)
Viewed
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Tarangire National Park
0.0 km away
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge
#1 of 2 in Lake Manyara National Park
122 reviews
0.0 km away
Tarangire Simba Lodge
Tarangire Simba Lodge
#10 of 30 in Tarangire National Park
49 reviews
0.0 km away
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
#7 of 30 in Tarangire National Park
532 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 km away
Tarangire Treetops
Tarangire Treetops
#2 of 30 in Tarangire National Park
356 reviews
0.0 km away
Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire
#14 of 30 in Tarangire National Park
37 reviews
0.0 km away
Crater Forest Tented Camp
Crater Forest Tented Camp
#26 of 39 in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
44 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
Things to do
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast

Additional Information about Whistling Thorn Tented Camp

Address: Tarangire National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Price Range: $207 - $389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Whistling Thorn Tented Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Jovago.com, Travelocity and Booking.com so you can book your Whistling Thorn Tented Camp reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Whistling Thorn Tented Camp staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Whistling Thorn Tented Camp staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“All tents are close to the eating area”
 of 5 bubbles Nevadatraveler_11, 11 Nov 2015 | Read review
“All tents are great.”
 of 5 bubbles Milloscampeon, 11 Jan 2015 | Read review
“All the rooms have the same view and all in quiet area.”
 of 5 bubbles Clementina1104, 10 Nov 2014 | Read review
“All rooms/tents have the same standard.”
 of 5 bubbles 62jonasl, 17 Oct 2014 | Read review
“The tents are all located somewhat away from the dining tent, so they are all rather quiet. I expect the experience would be the same in any of them.”
 of 5 bubbles Cat_travels, 21 Dec 2013 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay