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About Joy's Camp

Situated in an elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu, Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in the Shaba National Reserve. The site was also home to Penny the leopard, who was the heroine of Joy's last book.

The 10 chic canvas bedrooms have breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. 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 sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with Boran or Somali cloth designs, handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. Private verandahs are ideal for game viewing as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environment offered by the Shaba National Reserve.

Shaba is a secluded idyll on the eastern corner of the Samburu ecosystem. It is an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges. Joy’s Camp is the ideal 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.

Safari: Built in a secluded idyll on Joy Adamson’s original campsite, this chic, stylish and sophisticated camp overlooks a verdant oasis waterhole which is a magnet for herds of elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, cheetah and lion.

Spa: Massages and spa treatments are available on request.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Tented Camp
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM


  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Portfolio Collection
  • AA Superior

Important Information

Final payment is due to Cheli & Peacock not later than five weeks prior to departure. Those items included in the invoice are listed on the quotation.

We believe the tariffs are correct at the time of publishing, however we cannot be held responsible for any changes or inaccuracies that may occur after publishing.

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Joy's Camp is 5.3km from the centre of Shaba Game Reserve , the nearest airport 247.2km (Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling