Still the legendary bistro style pavement café of yester
year, the Thorn Tree, with its famous message board is
a Nairobi Landmark and is the place to meet or eat or,
like Ernest Hemingway did in the 30s, ‘just watch the
world go by’.
As Nairobi opened up through the railway in the 1900’s,
the tree (genus acacia xanthophildea), became a makeshift
post box for travelers who left mail pinned onto its trunk
and backpackers in Africa met there to get information.
While the original tree no longer stands, a third
generation tree still stands tall, and is the most famous
meeting place in East Africa.
The mystic nature of the acacia tree as a “Messenger”
is as old as the biblical era as it is said that when
God first appeared to Moses in the desert, it was a
burning bush that carried the message.
A century old Message Board and Nairobi’s first
Post Office, “The secrets of the Thorn Tree” will reveal
messages pinned by travelers over the years to date.
Brace yourself to meet personalities that will enthrall you
with their heartfelt charm, humor, and the occasional