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Joy's Camp

From $420 Night Kenya, Eastern Province

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  • untouched and unspoilt Kenya

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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.


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Joy’s Camp boasts 10 “Borana” inspired luxury tents, 7 doubles and 3 twins. All have en-suite bathrooms with stone floors, modern conveniences, hot running water and showers.  Each tent can fit two extra beds to accommodate children under the age of 16 years. These gorgeous tents are truly spacious (over 100m sq) and sit on raised stone floors.   Each interior has been individually decorated with handmade glass, crafts and fabrics – all made by the local nomadic tribes - creating a sense of luxurious chic and sophisticated African design. All the tents have verandas that look over the watering hole, making them the perfect spot for relaxing, game watching and soaking up the serenely beautiful views. 

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Cancellation policy

For certain times of the year when there is high pressure request for accommodation, or for very large groups, you may be asked to make a non-refundable deposit of up to 30% of the booking value in order to confirm your booking. This deposit will override cancellation policy 1 & 2 below.

A Confirmation Voucher will be issued only on receipt of 100% payment of booking. Bookings may be lost if payment has not been received within 2 weeks from accommodation date.

  • Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification.
  • If you cancel 8 weeks prior to departure your 15% deposit is forfeited. 
  • If your cancellation is made after you final payment is due, the below charges will be levied as a percentage of the booking
  • Between 60 & 45 days, 15% of the total costs will be charged (except High Season).
  • Between 44 & 30 days, 25% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 29 & 22 days, 50% of the total cost will be charged.
  • Between 21 days & a ‘No Show’, 80% of the total costs will be charged.
There continues to be no Ebola in Kenya or Tanzania, which are over 5,000 km away from the affected West African region.  There are no Ebola cases in neighbouring countries or the surrounding East African region.  
The medical facilities at both international airports and major hospitals within Kenya and Tanzania are sophisticated, with full isolation wards in the unlikely event that any cases were to reach this far, and extensive training and preparation has be done as precautionary measures.
At the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Government of Kenya took the immediate action of suspending all flights to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and suspended visas to travellers from those countries. 
We at Cheli & Peacock can confirm that in the event of a confirmed outbreak of Ebola (as defined by the World Health Organisation) occurring in any of the four East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania or Rwanda, for guests staying at any of the camps operated by Cheli & Peacock Safaris provided the WHO and either the UK government or the US government has issued a warning against non-essential travel on the grounds of an Ebola epidemic in any of the four East African countries, the following cancellation terms will apply:
1. Those guests who hold Travel Insurance covering cancellation of travel should apply to their insurance company and Cheli & Peacock Safaris will pay to the guest the difference between the amount paid to the claimant by the insurance company and the amount received in payment by Cheli & Peacock Safaris for the cancelled safari booking.
2. Those guests who are unable to obtain any refund from their insurance company will have a credit held for them equal to the amount already paid to Cheli & Peacock Safaris and this can be carried forward to a future booking within one year of the travel date of the cancelled trip.
3. The above terms apply to the camps owned and operated in Kenya by Cheli & Peacock Management Ltd, Joys Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Tortilis Camp, Kitich Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp, Cottars Camp.
For itineraries booked by Cheli & Peacock Safaris to stay at other third party owned camps in any of the four named East African countries then the same refund and credit offers will apply so long as the third party service providers have agreed to similar cancellation terms.

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