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Joy's Camp

Joy's Camp

For travelers exploring the glories of northern Kenya, Joy’s Camp is the perfect place to start or finish a spectacular tour of the wildly beautiful Samburu and Shaba regions. The arid, semi-desert area is well known for its sacred mountains, lush springs, Doum palms, volcanic rocks, and the calm Ewaso Nyiro River. A private hideaway in the heart of 59,000-acre Shaba National Reserve, Joy’s Camp is a treasure in the greater Samburu-Buffalo Springs ecosystem.

An oasis in the middle of an extraordinarily arid nature reserve, Joy’s Camp impresses guests with its contemporary white décor highlighted by nomadic Boran tribal details. Ten luxurious tented bedrooms feature en-suite bathroom, cool atmosphere, and incredible panoramic views. The camp overlooks the natural beauty of the Shaba and Boditch Mountains, as well as the nearby waterhole.

Author and early conservationist, Joy Adamson, was the inspiration for Joy’s Camp. Joy’s last book, Queen of Shaba, tells the beautiful true story of her beloved leopard, Penny, whom she eventually released into the wild in the vicinity of Joy’s Camp. Preserved in a small on-site museum are Joy’s books, memoirs, and other mementos that capture her extraordinary life.

At the natural spring and waterhole, herds of wild animals make daily visits. Elephant, buffalo, and waterbuck are frequent visitors, and diverse birdlife flourishes. Other rare animals call the area home, including oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, and lesser kudu. Sightings of the area’s big cats are always exciting, and guests enjoy searching for the resident lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

Unforgettable day and evening game drives are led by Silver and Bronze KPGSA certified guides. And custom-designed, open-sided, four-wheel-drive vehicles ensure that guests never miss an opportunity to glimpse wildlife in its natural habitat. Other ways to experience Kenya’s exceptional wildlife include guided bush walks, sundowners, and breakfasts out in the bush or along the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Guests also relish the opportunities to interact with the nomadic Boran peoples, participate in drawing and watercolors, enjoy a massage, browse the small curio shop, and relax in and around the “beach effect” swimming pool.

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