Joy’s Camp, Shaba Game Reserve | Kenya Safari
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Joy’s Camp

Location: Shaba National Reserve, Kenya Safari

An elegant oasis in the spectacular arid landscapes 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.

The eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll; which Joy’s Camp guests can enjoy as a private experience, out of the hustle and bustle of Samburu – an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges, home to unique and rare wildlife species.


  • Beautifully decorated tents
  • Sit on your private deck watching zebras grazing
  • Relax by the pool with a cold drink
  • Leave time for the fantastic gift shop
  • Be inspired by the beautiful surroundings and use the water colours or drawing equipment
  • It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi. Scheduled flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport with Safarilink or private charter to Chaffa airstrip, which is a 15-minute drive from camp. Samburu Main Airstrip is a 1-hour 30-minute drive from camp.

Amenities at Joy’s Camp, Shaba Game Reserve, Kenya Safari

  • En-Suite
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Verandah
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Laundry Service (Available)
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Safe

Tented Suites at Joy’s Camp, Shaba Game Reserve, Kenya Safari

Tent Suites. The 100 sqm tent suites; with chic “Borana” design with clean lines, contemporary architectural details and vibrant fabrics has made this camp a must with “style aficionados” and romantics.

  • 10 spacious en-suite tents
  • 7 doubles and 3 twin tents

Each tent is 100m sq and consists of a large main bedroom, with 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

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What to do at Joy’s Camp, Shaba Game Reserve, Kenya Safari

  • Game drives: Joy’s Camp has open game-drive vehicles. The current fleet are new, specially fitted, 4×4 Toyota Land cruisers. The vehicles are unrivalled with feature enhancements specifically designed for comfort and photography – open sided with 3 rows of seats, photographic equipment stands, and charging sockets.
  • Guided walks: Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – tracks, dung beetles and micro-ecosystems. One of the most popular walks is along the river gorge, dramatic views, and if you are lucky catch a glimpse of shy crocodiles. Another favorite is walking along the Chaffa stream, starting at the spring – spectacular flowers, birds. Other special places to roam around out of the car is at “Penny’s Drop”, a waterfall dropping from a spring into the great Ewaso Nyiro river.
  • Painting: The colours, vistas and landscape in Shaba cry out to be painted! The camp has easels, paints, charcoal pencils, paper, all you need to settle in and create. Once you have caught the painting bug, the shop has mini painting safari packs for you to take onto your next stop. Joy Adamson was also an accomplished artist, documenting the plants and peoples of Kenya for posterity. Another reason why she chose to live at this spectacular site!
  • Swimming pool: Enjoy the cool waters in the heat of the day! The swimming pool has service from the bar, and overlooks the spring and the view.
  • Bush breakfast and sundowners: Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colors, and the gentle breeze.
  • Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, or by the river, surrounded by wildlife. “Sundowners” are a safari tradition – after a day of safari; stop, watch the spectacular sunset; traditionally with a gin and tonic in hand!
  • Cultural visits: Joy’s Camp works with closely with the Nakuprat Gotu community, and there are ways that you can get involved. The Borana, Samburu and Turkana people that inhabit this area are truly nomadic, so sometimes there are villages conveniently close to camp, and sometimes they are too far to visit! Of Kenya’s colorful peoples they are probably some of the most traditional, herding sheep, cattle, goats and camels, and passing on their stories and customs through song.