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Joy's Camp >Shaba National Reserve Kenya

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 breathtaking 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 Boran/Somali cloth design, 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. The eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll; an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges. Joy’s Camp is the perfect choice for discerning guests interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as those looking for an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury-tented camp. Joy’s Camp, “Forever Free”!

 Game viewing in camp – The verdant oasis watering hole in front of camp is a magnet for herds of elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, and several guests have been fortunate enough to witness cheetah and lion hunts from their tents!
 Style – the chic “Borana” design with clean lines, contemporary architectural details and vibrant fabrics has made this new camp a must with “style aficionados”!
 History – the very site where Joy Adamson lived with her animals until her death in the mid 80’s. Here she re-introduced Penny the Leopard to the wild and wrote her last book, “Queen of Shaba”. The camp incorporates a small museum of Joy Adamson memorabilia, kindly loaned by the “Elsa Trust”.
 Location – There are only two lodges in Shaba National Reserve, which is part of the Samburu eco-system. Joys Camp is the only camp that game drives within Shaba (the other lodge game drives in Samburu), so it has the whole reserve to itself. Shaba is the up-market alternative to Samburu Reserve.
 Highly qualified guides – all of the Joy’s Camp guides have the impressive Silver Level KPSGA qualification.

 The 2007 Hot List – Condé Nast Traveller Magazine

 “What pedigree!” – Tatler Magazine, March 2007.
 “An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu” – Selling Long Haul Magazine, April 2007.
 “Sumptuous tent suites overlook a natural spring that’s frequented by lions, zebras, elephants and a dozen other star quadrupeds” – Outside Magazine, April 2007.
 “Exotic, yet pristine and uncluttered” – House & Garden Magazine, June 2007.
 “Shaba’s isolation is what attracts real Africa-lovers” – The Daily Telegraph, June 2007.
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+256.392.897.704 +44.790.863.9450
10 spacious en-suite tents - 7 doubles and 3 twin tents

All tents can fit two extra beds, to accommodate children under the age of 16 only.
Maximum is 5 extra beds in camp at any one time
Recreational Facilities
Daytime Game Drives
Guided Bush Walks
Bush Breakfasts along Ewaso Nyiro River and Gorge
Cultural Visits to a Boran Village
Swimming pool
Shop / Joy Adamson Museum
Trips to Magado Crater Singing wells
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