Joys 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 Adamsons 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. Joys 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. Joys 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 doesnt end there either; Joys 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 artists 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 Joys Camp offers the most wonderful massages.
Dining at Joys 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 days adventures with the other guests. The cuisine at Joys 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 isnt your thing there are plenty of other options.
Joys 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.