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Joy’s Camp Shaba

Shaba National Reserve, Kenya

Joy's Camp is an elegant oasis located on the site of Joy Adamson's tented home in Shaba National Reserve. The ten chic and uniquely decorated canvas bedrooms are set on raised platforms with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

At a Glance

  • 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 colors or drawing equipment

Honeymoon, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Stay up for a nightcap on your private terrace and listen to the sounds of the African night.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Relax by the rustic beach-like pool and spot warthogs, oryx and buffalo amongst other animals coming to drink from the natural spring.

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

Try your hand at some water-color painting at the easels in the bar!

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

Spot a diverse array of birdlife whilst you feast on a delicious lunch.

Olivia Caveney

Insider's View

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Shaba and Boditch Mountains from the veranda of your stylish and spacious tent

Olivia Caveney

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Joy’s Camp Shaba or take a look at our itineraries to Laikipia and Northern Kenya


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 and remote wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury tented camp. 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 and Grevy's zebra.

Each of the ten sumptuous 100sqm tent at Joy’s Camp is uniquely decorated with Boran/Somali cloth design, handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local tribes creating a chic African feel. Each tent has its own private deck, ideal for relaxing and soaking up the serenely beautiful views.

In addition, guests can relax by the pool and meals are taken in the open-sided dining room or sometimes outside under the stars. There is also a curio shop selling many beautiful locally-made pieces of jewelry and crafts as well as a bar, where guests meet before dinner to discuss the day's adventures.

The guides at the camp are very knowledgeable of the area and the wildlife. They have the whole national park to themselves and are more than willing to share their secrets with you. The open game drive 4x4 vehicles are designed with comfort and uninterrupted views in mind. This combined with the guides expertise and the abundance of game to see will leave you with a memorable safari experience.


Joy's camp has 10 large and brightly decorated modern tents; 7 doubles and 3 twin tents. Each tent is beautifully decorated with Boran/Somali cloth design, handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local tribes creating a chic African vibe from the moment you step foot in them. Each tent has its own private deck overlooking the breathtaking classic African landscape. The en-suite bathrooms have stone floors, flushing loos and hot running water so you are not left without the modern conveniences by all means.


Children of all ages are welcome at Joy's camp. However, there are no specific facilities available at the camp for them except for babysitting. All the tents can fit in two extra beds to accommodate children under the age of 16.


Joy's camp has an inviting swimming pool for guests to enjoy and cool down in. The Joy Adamson museum is a great visit to give you an insight to the local culture. The camp offers massages for those of you who are seeking a bit of pampering. If you are feeling creative and inspired by the beautiful surrounding you should make use of the water color and drawing equipment available to capture the moments.


There is a range of activities available at the camp that you can partake in. The activities include game drives, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts along Ewaso Nyiro River and Gorge, sundowners, cultural visits to a local Boran Village (Seasonal, due to nomadic nature of local tribes), swimming pool, and massages. You will find that your days pass far too quickly for your liking with so much to do!

Location & Directions

Shaba National Reserve, Kenya

Joy's Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson's tented home in Shaba National Reserve in the Samburu region. Shaba National Reserve is a semi desert with rugged hilly terrain, with great rocky kopjes (small hills), river gorges and lots of springs supporting the abundant wildlife. The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe and zebra come to drink.

When to go

The main tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.

Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.

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