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 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.
Shaba is the land of the Somali and Borana people and it is from the cultural melting pot of these people that much of the inspiration for the lodge has been derived. 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. 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.
The ten lavish tents all comprise 100m² of billowing pale canvas, screed floors, wide balconies, king-sized beds, and bright lemon, green and orange fabrics that decorate the generous interiors. The dining area, too, is a mix of canvas and concrete with graceful arches, gleaming copper and elegant furniture.
There are only two lodges in Shaba National Reserve, which is part of the Samburu eco-system. Joy’s Camp is the only camp that game drives within Shaba and its guests have the entire reserve to themselves while being guided by our professional guides who all have the prestigious Silver Level KPSGA qualification, making them some of the best guides in the country.
Shaba, named after the Shaba Hills that form its western boundary, covers an area of 239 km². The Ewaso Ngiro River flows for 34 kilometres along its northern boundary and there are also 17 natural springs, a magnet for game in a region that experiences just 300 millimetres of rainfall per annum.