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 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,

specialising in weddings and corporate events. 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


The meaning of

Whispering Thorns

The thorns of the Ziziphus mucrota, known as the  

Buffalo thorn, “blinkbaar-wag-’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.

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