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
The meaning of
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.