Joy’s Camp Shaba

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 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 of the 10 sumptuous tents 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 breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, with 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"!

  • Silver Eco-rating Certification – Ecotourism Kenya, 2011/2012
  • Finalist Best Safari Property in East Africa – The Safari Awards (Good Safari Guide), 2010 & 2011
  • Finalist Best Eco Safari Property in Africa – The Safari Awards (GSG), 2010
  • The 2007 Hot List – Condé Nast Traveller Magazine

Tent Suites

Joy's Camp boasts a chic Boran style, with bright and uniquely modern tents:

  • 10 en-suite white tents
  • 7 doubles and 3 twin tents
  • Each tent consists of a large main bedroom, permanent en suite bathroom (stone floors, flush loo, hot running water and shower), and large veranda with seating area.
  • All tents can fit two extra beds, to accommodate children under the age of 16yrs only.

Maximum is 5 extra beds in camp at any one time.

Joy's Safari Dining

Fresh homemade breads and pastas, traditional Italian risottos, and fresh organic salads await you at this chic boutique camp in Shaba.

During lunchtime, gaze over the camp's neighbouring lush springs teaming with elephant, buffalo and other plains game. After nightfall, while enjoying dinner, you will look out over the same floodlit springs, where lion and other preditors now appear, seeking refreshment after a long hot day.

At Joy's Camp guests dine individually (unlike some of our other tented camps, where dining is communal).
Private romantic dinners can also be arranged on request.

General mealtimes are as follows:

Breakfast: 06.30 – 09.30
Lunch: 13.00 – 14.00
Dinner: 20.00 – 21.30

Joy's Camp is happy to cater to special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. Please make sure your agent informs us well in advance though, so that the camp managers can prepare for your arrival. On a daily basis while at the lodge, a copy of each day's set menu is displayed at the bar for your perusal.

Cheli & Peacock Nairobi Office
Physical Address: Lengai House, Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 743, 00517 – Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, Kenya.
Phone: +254 (0)20 6003090/1
Fax: +254 (0)20 6004050

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