Joy's Camp



Joy’s Camp is, in a word, breathtaking; this chic safari retreat has 10 chic luxury tents looking out over a natural spring and the rugged arid landscape of the Shaba Nature Reserve in Northern Kenya.  This is an elegant boutique retreat for the discerning safari traveller who is interested in experiencing the untouched Kenya. The reserve is famous for the work of George and Joy Adamson (the author of Born Free) and the camp is located at the site of Joy Adamson’s original camp. The Shaba Reserve is in the eastern corner of the Samburu ecosystem and is a treasure trove of rare and unusual species such as Aardwolf, Striped Hyena, Gerenuk, Grevy Zebra, Beisa Oryx, the splendid blue-legged Somali Ostrich, and the stunning Reticulated Giraffe.  The big five, with the exception of rhinoceros, are here too and everyone jostles for space at the watering hole in front of the camp, which is the only water source away from the river making it a magnet for game. This luxury tented camp is beautifully designed, clean and refreshingly cool white “Borana” inspired tents have high board pale canvas roofs and are stylishly decorated with vibrantly coloured fabrics from the local nomadic tribes.  At this Chic Retreat you can even watch the wildlife at the waterhole as you swim in the pool or relax in the bar. Joy’s Camp is exceptional in many ways and offers a secluded boutique hotel experience away from the usual Kenyan tourist routes and clique safari camps – it is without doubt a truly Chic Retreat.


This is leopard country - rocky hills, huge acacias, and lush springs, are the perfect habitat.  Guests will also have the opportunity to see elephant, lions, giraffes, waterbuck, lesser kudu and some of the rarer northern species that make their home in the Shaba.  Joy’s Camp uses open game drive vehicles, which have been specifically designed for comfort and photography. The guides are all local and incredibly knowledgeable; each has earned the privilege of carrying the Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certificate. It doesn’t end there either; Joy’s Camp offers the thrill of night game drives, bush walks and cultural visits to the Magado Crater or one of the nomadic tribes, if they are near-by. The area has also gained the reputation as an artist’s paradise and it attracts professional and amateur painters alike. The landscape is so inspiring that the camp hosts have developed special mini painting safari packs, and the shop carries painting supplies, to cater for all creative urges.

If it is pure relaxation that is required then look no further than the beautiful swimming pool and comfortable pool bar (both with views of the watering hole) and for some indulgent pampering Joy’s Camp offers the most wonderful massages.


Dining at Joy’s Camp is a personal affair and guests are served at their own table in the open sided dining room or sometimes outside under the stars.  There is a stylish bar too where guests can enjoy a drink and exchange tales of the day’s adventures with the other guests. The cuisine at Joy’s Camp has a distinctive Italian influence with the standard of a fine restaurant, all set to the magnificent backdrop of the Shaba landscape.  Although if pasta isn’t your thing there are plenty of other options.

Joy’s Camp is happy to cater for special diets and only ask that guests advise them of their needs prior to arrival so that the camp managers can make the necessary arrangements.

Why is it chic?
untouched and unspoilt Kenya

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chic treats


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Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is USD.

Open all year round; Minimum 2 night booking. Children under 5 sharing are free of charge; A child in his/her own room will be charged single room rate.  

Valid 03 Jan - 31 Jul 2014 & 01 Sep - 20 Dec 2014 (excludes August 2014 & 21 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015).Receive a 10% DISCOUNT OFF accommodation rates when booking 6 nights or more at 2 of the following: Tortilis, Cottars 1920's Safari Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp or Joy Safari Camp which are all within the C&P Portfolio.

Park Fees

Please note some park fees may apply.  Shaba National Reserve park tickets are NOT included. Purchase directly from KATO or Main gate. Reserve park tickets are exclusive of VAT and are subject to change without prior notice. A conservancy fee of USD 12 per person is added to support the newly established Nakuprat Gotu Conservancy which surrounds all of Shaba.

Rates at Joy’s Camp include

  • Full board accommodation 
  • Day & Night (pre-dinner) game drives
  • Guided bush walks & sundowners
  • Bush breakfasts along Ewaso Nyiro river & gorge
  • Chaffa & Samburu airstrip transfers & limited laundry
  • All statutory taxes (approx. 25%)


All tips are at the guest’s discretion.   Staff tips are collected in a central tip box, then distributed evenly to all staff members. A recommended amount is US$ 5 - 10 per guest per night. Guides are tipped separately (same recommendation of US$ 5 - 10 per guest per night). 



meru, kenya

Elsa’s Kopje is one of the most elegant boutique lodge’s in Africa. It is located inside Meru National Park on a hill just above the camp made famous by George and Joy Adamson (and of course Elsa the lioness). This Chic Retreat has 11 luxury boutique cottages- all are unique and have been cleverly shaped to blend into the spectacular setting.



Lewa Safari Camp is a classic style safari camp hidden away in one of Kenya’s most exciting wilderness areas near Mount Kenya.  This beautiful Chic Retreat has only 12 boutique luxury tents and offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.  


Unique benefits such as complimentary dinner or spa treatment

This is in addition to the usual boutique hotel benefits of complementary early check in, late check out, room upgrade when available and welcome drink


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