You will never be disappointed. We stayed for the second time at Joy's Camp and you can not find a better place to relax!
Lawrence W 35 yrs, Nairobi, Kenya, Read 7 reviews »
Shaba National Reserve, Samburu, Kenya
- A true eco-system with dramatic termite castles, spectacular birds and home to rare wildlife
- An artist's paradise
- Highly qualified guides with unrivalled game viewing
Facilities includeMobile connectivity & Wi-FI Child Friendly Swimming pool Massages available Verandah
- Game Drives
- Guided Bush Walks
- Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners
- Cultural Visits to a Nomadic Village
Seasons in Kenya
About Joy's Camp
An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu, Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve. The site was also home to Penny the leopard, the heroine of her last book. The 10 chic canvas bedrooms have breath-taking views of the surrounding hills.
The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo and the rare desert species of Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra.
Each sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. Each tent has its own private veranda, ideal for game viewing, as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba. Located in the eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll; an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river-gorges, and home to unique and rare wildlife species.
Shaba is a treasure trove for unique, very rare and endangered species – particularly the striped hyena and aardwolf. Rare species include the northern arid-country wildlife unique to Shaba and the dry areas around it: Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, herds of gerenuk, Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. Shaba has a healthy population of lion, leopard, and cheetah. The rocks and Tortilis trees make this superb leopard country, with several leopard territories around camp. Cheetah exhibit “coalition” behaviour, unique to this arid area. Elephant and buffalo are plentiful in season.
The natural spring in front of camp is a haven for wildlife; clients can view game from their tents. Elephants dig for salt in front of tents 3 and 4. Sometimes the spring seems quiet, and sometimes it is bustling with game. Shaba is still very much “untouched wilderness” with no other lodge using this part of the Samburu eco-system. Joy’s Camp is lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful landscape features: the rocky gorge of Ewaso Nyiro River, a number of springs, the chilly, crystal clear waterfall at Sharinki Falls (depending on rainfall) and volcanic peaks. Shaba is a birdwatchers’ paradise with hundreds of species seen from the comfort of the camp.
How to get there
When to go
Joy's Camp is open all year round.
Green Season: 16th March - 31st May
Mid Season: June, 1st October - 20th December
High Season: 1st July - 30th September and 21st December - 2nd January
Individual dining. The camp has a daily set menu.
Breakfast: 6.30am - 9.30am
Lunch: 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Please inform us about any dietary requirements or allergies prior to arrival.
Guests that have booked to arrive before lunch, but do not, are charged for an extra lunch on departure (if they require lunch on their day of departure).
Mineral drinking water is provided free of charge. Clients will be issued with re-fillable ‘anti-bottles’. Each tent is provided with a thermos of cooled mineral water (dispensed from a 20ltr sealed bottle, to reduce plastic waste).
Please note that Joy's Camp is situated in locations of minimal malarial risk. Joy’s Camp is located in an area of low population density; all tents are sealed at night and the beds have mosquito nets.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children aged between 0 - 5 years are free of charge if they are sharing with an adult.
A child in their own room will be charged a single room rate.
Children sharing between the ages of 6-17 years pay 75% of the adult sharing rate.
Children in a third bed between the ages of 6-17 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.
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