Whistling Thorns

The journey from the Mara to Whistling Thorns takes most of the day particularly as we often stop off at Lebentera Village for an hour or so to allow people to see how the Maasai people live their lives.  After visiting the village we usually get to Narok in time for lunch at the café by the garage, on the outskirts of the town, just before crossing the river.  From here it takes another two and a bit hours to reach Nairobi then another hour to get to Whistling Thorns, by which time most people are just happy to relax in the gardens before dinner.

Whistling Thorns is a quiet, homely, informal place with an emphasis on the outdoors, run by Marie Louise and her staff.  Close enough to Nairobi, yet far enough away to offer a bit of peace and quiet, the hotel sits in extensive grounds with spectacular views of the Ngong Hills and is ideally located for people wanting to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi.

Accommodation is provided in three cottages with double beds, shower, toilet and a private veranda overlooking the gardens.  There are also 6 self-contained, twin rooms, with two big single beds in each and, behind the main house, in a secluded garden, are 3 luxury tents, also with ensuite facilities.

The restaurant offers an excellent and eclectic menu using local, fresh produce to provide a wide range of snacks and main meals and there is a range of activities available to guests including horse riding, when you have a good chance of seeing zebra and antelope, or you can take a guide and go walking in the surrounding countryside.

Whistling Thorns is the perfect place for people to relax at the end of their safari.  The management are quite happy for our guests to spend the day with them and make use of the hotel’s swimming pool, take lunch and use the new shower block, at the end of the day, before being driven to the airport for the flight home.