About Whispering Thorns Guest Farm

White River (Afrikaans: Witrivier) is a small holiday and farming town situated just north of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Most farms in the region produce tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers, timber and more recently macadamias. White River is a popular holiday destination for those looking to visit the Crocodile River Valley and the town has a reputation for its arts and crafts.

Whispering Thorns Guest Farm lies just before entering White River Town and is 35 kilometers away from the Kruger National Park. The farm is located in an area of considerable scenic beauty. The climate is said to be one of the best in South Africa, neither excessively hot in summer when rainfall is at its highest, nor overly cold during the sunny winters. The farm is 34 hectares and houses a growing macadamia orchard.

Designed to make the most of its natural setting, this unique guest farm is set amongst spreading natural grassland and numerous thorn trees. Given this backdrop, the farm lends itself perfectly to large special occasions. You can also take time to spot some small wildlife including impala, Nyala & side striped jackal. Try some bird watching or simply relax alongside our manicured gardens.

Venue – Front View

Whispering Thorns Guest Farm, Function Venue, Conference Venue, Wedding Venue, Kruger National Park, Long Tom Pass, Blyde River Canyon, Sudwala Caves, Shangana cultural village, Mac-Mac Falls, Three Rondavels



  • Fans
  • TV in all rooms, including channels 101-110, all sport channels, e-tv and SABC 1-3
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Bathrooms with toilet and bath or shower or both
  • Kitchenette in the main Guest House, with microwave & fridge
  • Bath towels and clean bedding
  • Venue, chapel and garden chapel for outdoor weddings

Where hospitality and comfort meets

Where hospitality and comfort meets

Where hospitality and comfort meets

Where hospitality and comfort meets

Where hospitality and comfort meets

The thorns of the Ziziphus mucrota, known as the Buffalo thorn, “blinkbaar-’n-bietjie” in Afrikaans and “mphasamhala” in Tsonga, are spaced along the length of every branch in pairs. One of the pair points robustly outward and forward while the other curves back and inward in the oppiste direction. The Nguni African legend says the thorns tell us something about ourselves - that we must look ahead to the future... but we must never forget where we have come from.
We would like to acknowledge the following photographers:

Lume Reiter Photography* Maryke Albertyn Photography * Marne Photography * Susan du Toit Photography

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